History UsefulNotes / Atlanta

17th Aug '16 4:40:34 PM dmcreif
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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once.

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American Deep South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once.



It was originally built in 1837 as the end-point of a railroad line to Chattanooga, for passengers and freight to be transferred from that rail line to a train to Savannah. This intended function was reflected in the city's original name: Terminus, a name with which an early-to-mid 1990s street-traffic-control software system (home-grown by Georgia Tech's computer-science department) was christened as an [[FunWithAcronyms abbeviation]] for '''T'''raffic '''E'''vent '''R'''esponse & '''M'''anagement for '''I'''ntelligent '''N'''avigation '''U'''sing '''S'''ignals, which at the time was considered state-of-the-art, that adjusted traffic-light timing on-the-fly to adapt to fluctuations in traffic congestion on Atlanta's streets, developed explicitly as part of preparations for hosting the 1994 SuperBowl and the 1996 Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. It worked better than expected.[[note]]Transportation department officials could feed in a tentative pre-scheduled set of signal-timings based on events that would probably cause congestion such as a sports-game predicted to have high attendance. If that game got cancelled, the Terminus software system would detect the lack of congestion, and correct the traffic-light timings to what they would have been set to in the absence of the predicted traffic-jam.[[/note]]

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It was originally built founded in 1837 as the end-point of a railroad line to Chattanooga, for passengers and freight to be transferred from that rail line to a train to Savannah. This intended function was reflected in the city's original name: Terminus, a name with which an early-to-mid 1990s street-traffic-control software system (home-grown by Georgia Tech's computer-science department) was christened as an [[FunWithAcronyms abbeviation]] for '''T'''raffic '''E'''vent '''R'''esponse & '''M'''anagement for '''I'''ntelligent '''N'''avigation '''U'''sing '''S'''ignals, which at the time was considered state-of-the-art, that adjusted traffic-light timing on-the-fly to adapt to fluctuations in traffic congestion on Atlanta's streets, developed explicitly as part of preparations for hosting the 1994 SuperBowl and the 1996 Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. It worked better than expected.[[note]]Transportation department officials could feed in a tentative pre-scheduled set of signal-timings based on events that would probably cause congestion such as a sports-game predicted to have high attendance. If that game got cancelled, the Terminus software system would detect the lack of congestion, and correct the traffic-light timings to what they would have been set to in the absence of the predicted traffic-jam.[[/note]]



Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod. Atlanta has always been a key transportation hub; as explained above, it was one of the most strategic locations in the South during the AmericanCivilWar because of the railway lines that met there. Today, three Interstate Highways, numbers 20 (running west-east), 75 (northwest-southeast) and 85 (northeast-southwest), meet each other at Atlanta, connecting the heartland of the Southeast with the Midwest and the East Coast and Northeast, and making the city one of the most important hubs in the Interstate network (which also helps explain why traffic on I-285 is so awful).

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Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod. Atlanta has always been a key transportation hub; as explained above, it was one of the most strategic locations in the South during the AmericanCivilWar because of the railway lines that met there. Today, three Interstate Highways, numbers 20 I-20 (running west-east), 75 I-75 (northwest-southeast) and 85 I-85 (northeast-southwest), meet each other at Atlanta, connecting the heartland of the Southeast with the Midwest and the East Coast and Northeast, and making the city one of the most important hubs in the Interstate network (which also helps explain why traffic on I-285 the Perimeter is so awful).
21st Jul '16 8:13:27 PM dmcreif
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* Suburban Atlanta is also the home of Atlanta Motor Speedway, a legacy NASCAR track.

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* Suburban Atlanta Henry County to the south of the city is also the home of Atlanta Motor Speedway, a legacy NASCAR track.
13th Jul '16 5:58:58 PM Adept
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* Atlanta has a huge rap and hip-hop scene, perhaps best known for spearheading the "Dirty South" movement, one of rap's most popular. A vast amount, possibly a majority nowadays, of rappers come from Atlanta, which produces a wide variety of acts such as SouljaBoy, LilJon, Ludacris, Big Boi, D4L, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, T.I., Future, Jeezy, WakaFlockaFlame, Rasheeda, Killer Mike, Crime Mob, Ying Yang Twins, Jazze Pha, ChildishGambino, Dem Franchize Boys, Young Dro, Rich Homie Quan, Music/{{Ciara}}, Lil' Scrappy, RavenSymone, Gorilla Zoe, Youngbloodz, Travis Porter, Migos, Field Mob, B.O.B, Drumma Boy, Roscoe Dash, Yung Wun, I-20, Cyhi The Prynce, OJ Da Juiceman, Slick Pulla, Boyz n da Hood, Silentó, Pastor Troy, Yung Wun, Young Thug, Unk, TrinidadJames, Bone Crusher, RaeSremmurd, Polow da Don, and Yung Joc.

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* Atlanta has a huge rap and hip-hop scene, perhaps best known for spearheading the "Dirty South" movement, one of rap's most popular. A vast amount, possibly a majority nowadays, of rappers come from Atlanta, which produces a wide variety of acts such as SouljaBoy, LilJon, Ludacris, Big Boi, D4L, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, T.I., Future, Jeezy, WakaFlockaFlame, Rasheeda, Killer Mike, Crime Mob, Ying Yang Twins, Jazze Pha, ChildishGambino, Music/ChildishGambino, Dem Franchize Boys, Young Dro, Rich Homie Quan, Music/{{Ciara}}, Lil' Scrappy, RavenSymone, Gorilla Zoe, Youngbloodz, Travis Porter, Migos, Field Mob, B.O.B, Drumma Boy, Roscoe Dash, Yung Wun, I-20, Cyhi The Prynce, OJ Da Juiceman, Slick Pulla, Boyz n da Hood, Silentó, Pastor Troy, Yung Wun, Young Thug, Unk, TrinidadJames, Bone Crusher, RaeSremmurd, Polow da Don, and Yung Joc.
13th Jul '16 1:16:35 PM wuggles
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* Several Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse movies were at least partially filmed in Atlanta: ''Film/AntMan'', ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy 2'' and ''Film/SpidermanHomecoming''.


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21st Jun '16 3:08:25 PM Gsueagle31049
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Atlanta is home to several major professional sports teams:

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Atlanta is home to several major professional sports teams:teams; however, the [[ButtMonkey poor performances of its pro sports teams]] in their nearly five decades in Atlanta has given the city a reputation as a "bad sports town":
24th May '16 11:24:22 AM jadmire
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Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod. Atlanta has always been a key transportation hub; the reason it was so strategic in the AmericanCivilWar, and the reason Sherman destroyed it as noted above, was that three railway lines via which it was possible to get almost anywhere served by rail in the Confederacy east of the Mississippi River met there. Today, three Interstate Highways, numbers 20 (running west-east), 75 (northwest-southeast) and 85 (northeast-southwest), meet each other at Atlanta, connecting the heartland of the Southeast with the Midwest and the East Coast and Northeast, and making the city one of the most important hubs in the Interstate network (which also helps explain why traffic on I-285 is so awful).

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The reason that Sherman's wrath descended on Atlanta is that, during the war, the city was the South's most strategic railway junction. Three rail lines (basically tracing the same lines as today's Interstate highways running through the city, see below) made it possible to move troops and supplies to pretty much anywhere in the Confederacy east of the Mississippi that was reachable by railway. In one particularly striking instance of Atlanta's importance, General James Longstreet's entire corps was routed through Atlanta in September 1863 as an emergency reinforcement to the Confederate Army of Tennessee, playing a key role in the South's victory at Chickamauga (at the northern end of Georgia, a few miles from Chattanooga, Tennessee). Recognizing the strategic importance of Atlanta to the Confederate war effort, Sherman made it the primary target of his spring-summer 1864 campaign. The Confederates were just as aware of how important Atlanta was, and fought fiercely all the way down from the Tennessee border to the city itself, finally being forced to evacuate Atlanta after a string of bloody battles around the city and a siege lasting two months. The Battle of Atlanta (actually fought near Decatur to the east of the city), on July 22, 1864, one of the biggest engagements of the campaign, is commemorated in the Atlanta Cyclorama, which was at one time the world's largest painting.

Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod. Atlanta has always been a key transportation hub; the reason as explained above, it was so one of the most strategic locations in the AmericanCivilWar, and South during the reason Sherman destroyed it as noted above, was that three AmericanCivilWar because of the railway lines via which it was possible to get almost anywhere served by rail in the Confederacy east of the Mississippi River that met there. Today, three Interstate Highways, numbers 20 (running west-east), 75 (northwest-southeast) and 85 (northeast-southwest), meet each other at Atlanta, connecting the heartland of the Southeast with the Midwest and the East Coast and Northeast, and making the city one of the most important hubs in the Interstate network (which also helps explain why traffic on I-285 is so awful).
24th May '16 11:13:42 AM jadmire
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Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod. Atlanta has always been a key transportation hub; the reason it was so strategic in the AmericanCivilWar, and the reason Sherman destroyed it as noted above, was that three railway lines via which it was possible to get almost anywhere served by rail in the Confederacy east of the Mississippi River met there. Today, three Interstate Highways, numbers 20, 75 and 85, meet each other at Atlanta, connecting the heartland of the Southeast with the Midwest and the East Coast and Northeast, and making the city one of the most important hubs in the Interstate network (which also helps explain why traffic on I-285 is so awful).

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Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod. Atlanta has always been a key transportation hub; the reason it was so strategic in the AmericanCivilWar, and the reason Sherman destroyed it as noted above, was that three railway lines via which it was possible to get almost anywhere served by rail in the Confederacy east of the Mississippi River met there. Today, three Interstate Highways, numbers 20, 20 (running west-east), 75 (northwest-southeast) and 85, 85 (northeast-southwest), meet each other at Atlanta, connecting the heartland of the Southeast with the Midwest and the East Coast and Northeast, and making the city one of the most important hubs in the Interstate network (which also helps explain why traffic on I-285 is so awful).
24th May '16 11:11:19 AM jadmire
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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once. An old joke in the South is that when you die, whether your eventual destination is Heaven or Hell, you'll still have to change planes at Atlanta. (In recent years, though, Charlotte, North Carolina, has become the South's chief rival to Atlanta as an airline hub city, being the base of US Airways.)

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once. An old joke in the South is that when you die, whether your eventual destination is Heaven or Hell, you'll still have to change planes at Atlanta. (In recent years, though, Charlotte, North Carolina, has become the South's chief rival to Atlanta as an airline hub city, being the base of US Airways.)\n



Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod.

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Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, is city owned, and the city is not allowed to make any profit off its operation. In addition to being the busiest airport, Delta's hub is the largest single airline operation of any airport in the world.[[note]]That doesn't even include Delta Connection flights operated by regional partners, the bulk of which is handled by Expressjet Airlines[[/note]] ATL also is a major focus city for Southwest, inherited from their recent merger with [=AirTran=] who maintained their principal hub there. It seems like a joke when discussion about the city inevitably leads to the airport, but the scope of the operation there is really unlike anything else. This is especially due to the disproportionate amount of connecting traffic it handles (i.e. passengers just passing through who aren't actually originating or arriving there). Other cities with similar megahubs such as UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}[=-=]O'Hare and [[UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex Dallas-Fort Worth]] have much larger amounts of local passengers. An old joke in the South says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether your soul is destined for Heaven or Hell, no matter where you're assigned for the afterlife, the connecting flight will [[ForegoneConclusion inevitably]] have a two-hour layover in Atlanta. This joke is also considered common knowledge among airline pilots and flight-attendants in the 'States, and anyone who has worked in a travel-agency, or members of travel-agents' families are also likely to be somewhat familiar with the joke. Seriously, if you tell this joke to any flight-attendant working in the United States, they're almost guaranteed to laugh, or at least chuckle and give a little nod.
nod. Atlanta has always been a key transportation hub; the reason it was so strategic in the AmericanCivilWar, and the reason Sherman destroyed it as noted above, was that three railway lines via which it was possible to get almost anywhere served by rail in the Confederacy east of the Mississippi River met there. Today, three Interstate Highways, numbers 20, 75 and 85, meet each other at Atlanta, connecting the heartland of the Southeast with the Midwest and the East Coast and Northeast, and making the city one of the most important hubs in the Interstate network (which also helps explain why traffic on I-285 is so awful).
24th May '16 10:58:41 AM jadmire
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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once. An old joke in the South is that when you die, whether your eventual destination is Heaven or Hell, you'll still have to change planes at Atlanta.

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once. An old joke in the South is that when you die, whether your eventual destination is Heaven or Hell, you'll still have to change planes at Atlanta.
Atlanta. (In recent years, though, Charlotte, North Carolina, has become the South's chief rival to Atlanta as an airline hub city, being the base of US Airways.)
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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once.

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Atlanta is the capital of Georgia and its largest city, and the largest metropolitan area in the American South[[note]]If you don't consider Texas Southern that is. If you do, UsefulNotes/{{Houston}} is the largest Southern city. In the eyes of Uncle Sam, both Texas and Georgia are in the Southeast, so Houston is the largest "Southern" city. In the eyes of everyone else--including Northerners who know the first thing about cultural geography--Uncle Sam knows where to stuff it.[[/note]], best known for being the current center of the HipHop world. The Coca-Cola Company (Pepsi is blasphemy)[[note]]Coca-Cola's influence is in fact so large that "Coke" has become the [[BrandNameTakeover generic term]] for soft drinks in much of the South[[/note]], Delta Air Lines, Chick-fil-A, and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have headquarters here. Turner Broadcasting, which owns Creator/{{CNN}}, is also based there. Atlanta can roughly be divided to areas within and outside the Perimeter (Interstate 285), a beltway highway that is known for insane traffic. Atlanta also has the busiest airport in the world and if you have flown in or through the US more than a couple of times, you ''will'' have had a layover there at least once.
once. An old joke in the South is that when you die, whether your eventual destination is Heaven or Hell, you'll still have to change planes at Atlanta.
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