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Atlanta Skyline – the South’s Charm

Posted by Jae on February 25, 2009

Atlanta

Atlanta

Atlanta, the center of a 5.7 million metropolitan area, is the unofficial capital of the Southeastern United States which hosted a summer Olympics in 1996.  (Atlanta is also considered the Los Angeles of the South due to its horrible public transportation system and unfriendlieness to pedestrians.)  Atlanta has the nation’s third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies (behind New York City and Houston) including: The Coca-Cola Company, AT&T Mobility, Delta Air Lines, Home Depot, and UPS; and is home to the world’s busiest airport (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport), the world’s largest indoor aquarium (the Georgia Aquarium), and the world’s largest piece of exposed granite (Stone Mountain.)    Atlanta is also the headquarters for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Overall, Atlanta was ranked as the 37th greatest city in the world!

Atlanta has a reputation as a modern and progressive “southern” city that houses many corporate conglomerates the biggest being the Coca-Cola Company. The skyline is actually three different skylines- Downtown, Midtown, and Buckhead -with 10 skyscrapers over 200 m tall (including the impressive 312 m Bank of America Plaza which is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere outside of New York City and Chicago).  The city is the site of 13 completed skyscrapers that are at least 152 m high, with two more under construction. There are 217 completed high-rises in the city. Since 2004, Atlanta has seen the completion of seven buildings over 122 m in height. Eight more are under construction, including 3344 Peachtree, the tallest structure under construction in Atlanta at 203 m. As of May 2008, there are 80 high-rise buildings under construction, approved for construction, or proposed for construction in Atlanta. Atlanta maintains its Southern USA flare, but continues to grow at a good pace.

Atlanta Full Skyline

Atlanta Full Skyline

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