Fodor's Citypack Atlanta, 2nd Edition
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Title: Fodor's Citypack Atlanta, 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition:Very Good
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The Citypack map covers the city in detail, while the Citypack guide
gives you just the information you need to experience the best of
The city's top attractions and the must-see sights at each
Itineraries for walks and excursions
The best museums, churches, green spaces, African-American history sites, and more--the author's top picks
Offbeat sights even locals don't know
Restaurants, hotels, shopping, and nightlife--an unabashedly opinionated selection, with pithy descriptions of each recommendation
Best festivals and events
Travel facts and tips on getting the most from your visit
The author: Veteran travel writer Mark Beffart has lived in Atlanta
for some two decades and knows it as only a native can.
Introduction to Atlanta
In 1959, in the heat of the Civil Rights debates, Mayor William B. Hartsfield proudly called Atlanta "the city too busy to hate." Two years later, while blacks were still being arrested in demonstrations across the South, Atlanta became the first southern city to desegregate its schools peacefully.
This slogan marks the essence of Atlanta's history. It has always been a busy city, not willing to remain in the past, but moving forward at a rapid rate, shrewd entrepreneurs adding to the success of their predecessors. After 90 percent of Atlanta was destroyed (1864) in the Civil War, it was quickly rebuilt, becoming a "brave and beautiful city" as noted in 1886 by Atlanta Constitution editor Henry Grady.
Today, its nicknames of Hotlanta, The Big A, Capital of the New South, and the International Gateway City, along with its distinctive modern skyline, evoke visions of a dynamic and progressive city. As you fly over Atlanta, a vast city spreads out in all directions, evidence of a phenomenal growth rate that has seen the population double since 1975, when it was called the five county metropolitan area by the chamber of commerce. Today it boasts over 3 million people living in over 20 counties that encompass 6,150 square miles and 111 suburban towns -- and it is still expanding.
Come to Atlanta expecting to be greatly surprised. The Old South, as dramatized by the novel and movie Gone with the Wind, doesn't exist here. As a result of several public relations campaigns, Atlanta has attracted people from every state and numerous foreign countries. This fusion of ardent southerners and new neighbors gives the city a unique character, a combination of southern charm and a dose of northern brashness and worldly sophistication. Atlanta is not a typical southern city, slow and backward as portrayed by Hollywood. The pace here is fast, easily attested from the moment you enter the multilane interstate highway system that crisscrosses and circles the city.
Despite its pace, Atlanta is a fun and hospitable place to visit. From walking tours in its beautiful neighborhoods, to visits to historical sights and high-tech attractions, to restaurants encompassing every possible cuisine, to a vibrant entertainment scene with Broadway theater, music concerts, ballet, and professional sports, there is no room for boredom here. Atlanta is a city with something for everyone.
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