Back in olden times, someone hailing a ride would hop in and yell out their destination, a location likely to be undocumented except for in the deep recesses of the driver and passenger's minds.
Today, many drivers punch the given address into a smartphone, ultimately compiling a bunch of data that ride-sharing giants like Lyft can use to dole out annual awards.
What a time to be alive.
The fourth iteration of the annual Lyftie Awards, a program that recognizes the most popular destinations in cities across the country, were announced this week for 45 markets, Atlanta included.
"The Lyfties are a way for us to recognize the places that truly make Atlanta unique and to say thank you for sharing a ride with us to some of the city’s best spots,” Sam Bond, general manager of Lyft southeast, said in a statement.
The winners for the 2018 Lyftie Awards in Atlanta are:
Most visited fitness studio/gym: L.A. Fitness*
Most popular concert venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Most visited restaurant for brunch: Atlanta Breakfast Club
Most visited late-night restaurant: Waffle House*
Most visited late-night neighborhood: Buckhead
Only in Atlanta: Ponce City Market. This category goes to the most popular destination that can only be found in each market. The Battery Atlanta won last year; in 2016, it went to Georgia Aquarium, while Ponce City Market won for “Trending Destination.”
*These were the most popular destinations in those categories, not specific locations.
Note: New users can use the code LYFTIES18 for $5 off of the first two rides in Atlanta.
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