Atlanta started as a railroad junction in the 1830s and quickly became the transport hub of the South. Its strategic importance was a major reason the Union Army targeted it for attack during the outbreak of the Civil War. Today, Atlanta remains a vital transportation hub, not only to the U.S. but the entire world.
The capital city of Georgia was first known as the “Capital of the New South” during the post-Reconstruction era and was at the forefront of an economic renaissance. The birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and the center of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s, Atlanta is known today as a city with strong ties to its heritage. It’s also well known for hosting the 1996 Olympic Games, the Atlanta Braves baseball dynasty and as home to the global broadcasting network CNN.
Located in the southeastern region of the country, Atlanta’s modern metropolitan area maintains a population upwards of 4.1 million and is marked by a number of distinct districts that comprise its 130 square miles, including the Perimeter, Five Points, Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, and the West End, Atlanta’s oldest neighborhood.