About Atlanta

Website: http://www.atlantaga.gov/

Atlanta is the capital and most populous city of the state of Georgia, and the central city of the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. It is the county seat of Fulton County, although a portion of the city extends into DeKalb County. According to the July 2005 census estimate, the city has a population of 470,688 and a metropolitan population of 4,917,717. As of July 1, 2005, Atlanta’s combined statistical area (CSA) is estimated to have a population of 5,249,121.[1]

A major city in its own right, Atlanta is considered a poster child for cities world wide experiencing rapid urban sprawl, economic development and growth.[2][3] In the last decade, the Atlanta metropolitan area added over 1,150,000 residents – the fourth-largest gain in absolute numbers of any metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is recognized as one of the driving forces of the “New South,” and has in recent years, along with Houston, Miami and Dallas, undergone a transition from a city of regional commerce to a city of international influence.

During the Civil Rights Movement, Atlanta stood apart from Southern cities that supported segregation, and became known as the “City Too Busy to Hate.” The city’s progressive civil rights record made it increasingly popular as a relocation destination for African Americans, and the city’s population became majority-black by 1972. African Americans soon became the dominant political force in the city; since 1974, all of the mayors of Atlanta have been African-American, as well as the majority of the city’s fire chiefs, police chiefs, and other high-profile government officials. White flight occurred in the city in the 1970s and 1980s; the city’s population dropped by more than 100,000 from 1970 to 1990. That trend has reversed itself, however, and with accelerating gentrification, the black majority has dropped from 69 percent in 1980 to 54 percent in 2005.[4]

Historic College Park Neighborhood Association  www.hcpna.org

The City of College Park   www.collegeparkga.com

Woodward Academy Private School   www.woodward.edu

The fabulous Fox Theatre   www.foxtheatre.org

The MLK  Center  http://www.thekingcenter.org/mlk/index.html

The Georgia Aquarium  www.georgiaaquarium.org

Fernbank Science Center    www.fernbank.edu

HiFi Buys Amphitheatre  www.hob.com/venues/concerts/hifibuys

Phillips Arena “Home of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers”  www.phillipsarena.com

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum   www.jimmycarterlibrary.org

Margaret Mitchell House and Museum  www.gwtw.org

Atlanta Braves Baseball  www.atlantabraves.com

Chastain Park Amphitheatre   www.classicchastain.org

Center for Puppetry Arts   www.puppet.org

Zoo Atlanta  www.zooatlanta.org

Six Flags Theme Park and Rides  www.sixflags.com/Georgia

Stone Mountain Park  www.stonemountainpark.com

Atlanta Symphony   www.atlantasymphony.org

Centennial Park  www.centennialpark.com

Piedmont Park   www.piedmontpark.org

Children’s Museum  www.imagineit-cma.org

CNN  www.cnn.com/studiotour

Atlanta Botanical Gardens  www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

Alliance Theatre  www.alliancetheatre.org

14th Street Playhouse  www.14thstreetplayhouse.org

Shakespear Tavern  www.shakespeartavern.org

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