Capital city of Georgia. Originally named Terminus because of its strategic location for transportation. It became known as Marthasville named for the daughter of an early mayor. In the 1850's the name of the emerging city was changed to Atlanta. There are conflicting stories on the name--one is that Atlanta was named for the ancient lost city of Atlantis while another story is that it is a shortened name for the railroad connection with the West, Atlantica-Pacifica.
Atlanta was and is a central trade and transportation center. The fall of Atlanta in 1864 was key to the Federal effort to preserve the Union. The psychological boost to the Northern cause as well as the economic impact of the loss of Atlanta to the Confederacy insured the re-election of President Lincoln who had faced a serious challenge to his presidency in the 1864 election due to many Northerners' weariness of war. The city was burned by General Sherman after a forced evacuation of the civilians. The Confederates destroyed their armaments adding to the destruction of the city. Civilians had to live in the woods for months after Sherman's destruction of the city.
After the war, the city rebuilt turning to a modern commercial economy encouraged by the vision of Henry Grady. This more business-oriented approach formed the basis of the "New South." The New South replaced the traditional, Jeffersonian view of Southern culture that focused on tranquility and cooperation with a Hamiltonian view that emphasizes competition and frenetic activity. This ethos has been taken up and intensified by 20th Century political, business, and media leaders in Atlanta. The symbol of Atlanta, the Phoenix, is descriptive of how the native Atlantans of the late 19th Century rebuilt the city after its destruction by the Federal government.
The New South philosophy that worked well to rebuild Atlanta from the ashes that the Federal government left Atlanta in has now morphed into a cut-throat, anti-social "ethic" that Jefferson feared would take hold if the Hamiltonian view became dominant. Atlanta is now characterized by greed and aggressiveness. People there are typically hyper-active, aggressive, and detached. The political, economic climate is solidly pro-growth at all costs.
The only social bond in Atlanta is commercialism. Atlanta is a boomtown with people flooding into the area simply to make money. No one has anything in common. People rarely know their neighbors or care to do so.
There is no common culture to facilitate establishing and maintaining contacts and relationships. There is no effort to preserve culture in Atlanta. If anyone attempts to do so, they are likely to be labeled a racist. Mary Rose, Charlie Rose's former wife and a former anchor woman in Atlanta, has taken the lead to restore and open Martha Mitchell's house to the public. The house of the *Gone with the Wind* author was torched several times by arsonists who were determined to destroy one of the few landmarks not already demolished by developers. The fires were likely politically and racially motivated. "White Columns," the studio for Channel 2 that was built in the Greek-revival style was demolished and replaced by a modern building. People who come to town looking for traditional Southern culture and vestiges of Atlanta's past are discouraged from such interests. Tourists will find nothing like the charm and history of Savannah, Charleston, or New Orleans in Atlanta. Virtually all references to Atlanta's past have been torn down or suppressed by this modern cabal to make Atlanta into a monocultural icon.
Atlanta's business, media, and political leaders seem to suffer from a massive inferiority complex trying to curry favor with the leftist elites in the North. They hate traditional culture and actively seek to destroy it.
The city's native population has been overwhelmed by the influx of non-Georgians into the city and its surrounding suburbs. Native Atlantans are few and far between. The city's population is highly transitive. They are from all over the U.S., and since the 1996 Olympics, from all over the world. Consequently, there is very little indigenous culture in the Atlanta area. If the News Media led by WSB and the *Atlanta Journal* find any remnants of Southern culture, they will cast these traditions in racist terms trying to destroy them. At best, the Media ignores Southern traditions. Atlanta is a rootless, colorless place. It is a city "too busy to hate," but it is also a city "too busy for civility and culture."
The natural environment is beautiful. Atlanta is a city in a forest. Earlier developers who were not as greedy and irresponsible preserved the trees and natural sloping terrain. But socially and architecturally, Atlanta is now a vast wasteland. The buildings are modern and ugly. A few of the newer buildings do have some style compared with the boxy, cubist monstrosities that dominate the skyline. Tom Wolfe famously described the art museum as looking like a chemical factory.
As General Sherman said, "War is hell" when criticized for deliberately targeting civilians in Atlanta for bombardment and death. I would add to that insight that living in Atlanta now is hell.
Tourist arriving in Atlanta: "Where is Gone with the Wind? Where is the Southern history and charm?"
They are gone with the wind.
A city with lots of rich people in the north end, and lots of ghetto types in the south end. Also lots of traffic, new economy jobs, and Coca-cola.
Hey, wanna goto Atl for some work? Sure!
Hey, I went south of the train tracks and got a bullet in the ass!
Atlanta is a small city. When most people referance Atlanta they mean to referance metro Atlanta which would include the suburbs. Only 400,000 people live within Atlanta city limits while 4 million people live in the suburbs. So, as you might expect, living in the burbs is not a status symbol in Atlanta because just about everyone does. Atlanta is the capital of the south as the cultural, business, and spiritual center hub. Here is a breakdown of Atlanta and her suburbs:more...
Buckhead(Uptown): This is the wealthiest community of the metro area. Most of the people that hail from Buckhead grew up in million dollar mansions and went to an elite Buckhead private school. It's an unspoken rule that if you have money and you live inside Atlanta, you shouldn't subject your kids to the horrors of public schools. High class shopping(Versace, Lois Vuitton, Gucci, Armani, etc.) can be found at Lenox or Phipps, two huge malls right accross the street from eachother. This district is also home to the city's best dining options, along with the best night spots. Buckhead is also the center of Atlanta's amazingly large Black gay community. Most Black gays are DL and "straight acting" so most people cant identify them. If you are woman looking for a Black man in Atanta you might wanna shy away from Buckhead because most likely you would end up being your man's cover. 30327 is a purely sickly wealthy residential community in West Buckhead and was rated the most affluent zip code in t...
the urban sprawl capital of the world
Person driving through Atlanta exurbs: does this shit ever end? Why the hell would anyone want to live out here?
Atlanta resident: Because it has "great schools" (to get away from black people), and so they can afford to live in a 4000 sq ft house.
The most liberal progressive city in the South. The seat of Black economic, cultural and political power in America. Also the birthplace of crunk music/hip hop (Lil' Jon, Usher, Yin Yang Twins, Ludacris, T.I., Bonecrusher, Outkast, Goodie Mob, etc.) Also tied with Miami for the hottest nightclubs and girls in the South. Interracial dating haven. Kinky sex mecca for conventioners.
Beautiful skyline. Almost total population migrated from somewhere else.
"Man I went to visit my cousin in Atlanta, I didn't want to leave."
"Damn dude, every rapper on TV is from ATL."
-The Capitol of Georgia
-Home of Coca Cola, the 1996 Olympics, a shitload of traffic and Hartsfield Airport
-Where Georgia's McMansion-suburbanites claim to live
-The only place in the world where on December 23rd one can ice skate outdoors and then go play in the fountain at Centennial Park
"Are you going to Atlanta for Christmas?"
"Don't remind me."
Without a doubt The Crunkest City, the Most Chill City, the Most Awesome City, my home, I love it and everyone in it and everything about it. No other definitions even come close to the true definition of the A, a place like no other and anyone who has ever lived there knows exactly what i'm talking about. Smoke One!
-"Man, I just got back from Atlanta and I've been coughing ever since!"
-"Yeah, I heard they had a lot of smog in Atlanta."
-"Well whatever you want to call it, I've never smoked so much weed in my life!"
One of the most underrated cities in the U.S. Every City likes to claim they are unique, but we are the only ones that I feel, are truly unique. Before all the yuppie transplant outsiders came in, we were a cross between a small town and a big city, which was awesome. However, when the 96' olympics came, we started to sell out and lose a bit of that charm we are known for. Unlike all other major cities in the u.s. we are the only city that is actually equally spread out as far as things to see and do. Our whole culture does not reside in or rely on our downtown area, but rather multiple area that are linked to the down town area. There is something for everyone here. As well as throughout the state of Georgia, unlike most states, we don't need a lone city to make our state looks appealing and great.more...
1. Little Five Points a quirky part of town where hippies and goths and all things ecentic reside
2. Virgina highlands a place where rich suburbanites hang
3. midtown/buckhead, great shops and pubs, a place where anybody who's anybody frequent.
3. Downtown, mianly a business area, so not a lot of cultural things down here, but where a lot of rich history resides (if they aren't selling out and tearing them down in the name of tourism), MLK Center, Margret Mitchell house, wooddruff arts/ the high, the fox, cenntenial olympic park, grant park, the cylorama,Georgia Aquarium, CNN building as well as a host of eating places, both affordable and expensive to taste.
We also h...