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Atlanta, Georgia: The New York of the South
by Adam Singleton

Atlanta's growth into the bustling business and entertainment hub it is today can be traced back to 1990, when the city was selected as the site for the 1996 Olympic Games - an announcement that prompted city officials to undertake several major construction projects to improve Atlanta's parks, transportation and sporting facilities.

The gradual development of business and entertainment facilities throughout the '90's led to Atlanta's skyline being punctuated by many high rise buildings, the tallest of which "the Bank Of America Plaz" boasts the honour of being the tallest building in America outside of New York and Chicago. These high-rise buildings are clustered in three districts of the city, namely Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead, with each district offering its own unique attractions and sights. Following the completion of the One Atlantic Center in 1987, an influx of business to Midtown Atlanta began and has continued since, making the Midtown district one of the most vibrant areas of the city.

The bustling Downtown district of Atlanta has always proved popular with tourists, with a number of the city's most famous attractions located in that very area, including Underground Atlanta - a six block area beneath the city, built on the original 19th century Atlanta streets and now home to multiple restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment facilities, offering tourists a glimpse into the history of the city. The Downtown area is also famed for The Georgia Aquarium. Since it's opening in November of 2005 it has quickly made its name as one of the premier tourist destinations, not only in Atlanta but in the United States, boasting over 100,000 different animals of 500 different species, making it the largest aquarium in the world.

To the north of the city lies the Buckhead district, consistently ranked as one of the most affluent communities in the United States and widely regarded as the "the jewel of the city". Since the district was linked to the city's superhighway system in the early 1990's, Buckhead has developed a dense commercial district, centered around the retail centers of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, with multiple office buildings and residential high rises being added to the area regularly over the years, thus joining a plethora of restaurants, bars and some of the finest hotels in Atlanta.

Every district of Atlanta is rich in history and culture, with many monuments and museums detailing the civil rights movement, a huge part of the city's heritage; as is Atlanta's contribution to the world of entertainment and performing arts, illustrated perfectly by the vast array of theatres and concert venues scattered throughout the city. Sports fans also flock to Atlanta regularly to watch their four major league sports teams in action at arenas that are tourist destinations in themselves, including the expansive Georgia Dome and Philips Arena.

The rapid expansion of Atlanta over the past twenty years has contributed greatly to its modern day reputation among tourists and residents alike as a city of limitless potential; more than deserving of the moniker "The New York of the South".

About the Author

Adam Singleton is an online, freelance journalist and keen gardener. He lives in Scotland with his two dogs.

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