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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 has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peachtree_Street at least seventeen streets]] named with variations on Peachtree [[note]]Many European plants not normally thought of as aggressive [[AlienKudzu went berserk]] when introduced to the Americas. Much of the Deep South was overrun by peach trees; Argentina was smothered by feral spinach. (For a twentieth-century repeat of this story, see... ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kudzu_in_the_United_States that]]''.)[[/note]][[note]]The reason for so many streets named "Peachtree" is actually regarded by locals now as [[OldShame somewhat]] [[NeverLiveItDown embarrassing]]. During the Civil Rights Movement, a local ordinance was passed that no black families were allowed to reside on Peachtree street, so if a neighborhood wanted to be for whites only it would name its main road Peachtree Street.[[/note]]. The city hosted the 1996 Summer OlympicGames, in which ''East African'' marathon runners collapsed with heatstroke.[[note]] Actually not hard to believe when you realize that most elite East African runners grew up at high altitudes, generally between 5000 and 8000 feet (1500 to 2400 m). Even though those runners grew up near the equator, the altitude meant that typical high temperatures in the warmest months were cooler by at least 15 F (8 C) than Atlanta's normal summer highs,[[/note]] The city infamously listed Olive Garden as the best Italian restaurant in the city in the guidebooks for said Olympic Games. Right by Centennial Park is the Georgia Aquarium, the world's largest indoor one. Due to its location in the South, Atlanta rarely receives snow and is famous for (from an outsider's perspective) overreacting to even hints of incoming snow; two inches[[note]]~5 cm[[/note]] of snow in January 2014 led to the whole city shutting down for nearly a week, epic traffic jams resulting in many people stuck in traffic for ''24 hours'', and several deaths.

Hometown of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and was nicknamed "the city too busy to hate." It also prides itself on being the epitome of the "New South," with modern architecture and industry. Atlanta can be used as a "But Not Too Southern" setting, a good choice for artists who want a story in the South without using the tropes of the DeepSouth ''or'' SweetHomeAlabama.

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 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]]

The city's official crest portrays a phoenix, [[ContinuityNod in reference]] to being the '''only''' city in the United States to have been completely destroyed by war, and referencing the manner in which it was destroyed: burned during General Sherman's march to the sea (safety advice: do '''not''' say anything even remotely nice about Sherman, lest you incur the locals' wrath). The phoenix also neatly symbolizes the city's return to prominence after the war.

Rappers call it the ATL, after the airport code for the busiest airport in the world. Said airport 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 says that when you die, it doesn't matter whether you go to heaven or hell because you'll connect in Atlanta either way.

Many old-fashioned Southerners detest Atlanta. The city is an upstart by Southern metropolis standards, founded in 1837 and incorporated ten years later. Its perceived cultural blandness, relatively liberal politics[[note]]It's the unofficial [[{{Gayborhood}} "Gay Mecca"]] of the South and one of the largest black-majority cities in the US, with a large and healthy black middle- and upper-class.[[/note]], incessant self-promotion, and seemingly undeserved prosperity grate on Southern sensibilities. This actually has a fitting analogy: Georgia is the so-called "Empire State of the South"... and Atlanta bears the same relation to the rest of Georgia that UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity bears to the rest of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState the Empire State]]. In fact, one common joke is that Georgia is two states: metro Atlanta and everywhere else.

Atlanta is home to several major professional sports teams:
* The Braves are a Major League Baseball team that started in Boston, moved to Milwaukee, and finally ended up in Atlanta in 1966. They've won exactly one World Series in each city (1914, 1957, and 1995). Its players have included Hank Aaron who was the Home Run Champion to top Babe Ruth, and it was formerly owned by Ted Turner, and as such had most of their games broadcast on cable station TBS from 1973 to 2007. They did very well and were popular enough in the 1990s to be nicknamed "America's Team"[[note]]pushed heavily by TBS, but anyone outside the Metro Atlanta area who called them that was doing so ironically[[/note]], but entered a slump in the 2000s. Even during their long streak of Division pennants, they were the poster-child for EveryYearTheyFizzleOut, netting one World Series win in 14 playoff appearances. In 2010, longtime coach Bobby Cox, known for being AFatherToHisMen (and being one of the most ejected coaches in the MLB) retired. If everything goes to plan though they plan to leave for a new stadium in Cobb County with the start of the 2017 season.
* The Falcons are an NFL team, historically mediocre with occasional strong seasons, and one SuperBowl appearance in 1999. It was the team quarterback Michael Vick played for when he was exposed for running dog fights. Since 2008, the Falcons have become one of the NFL's more solid teams despite [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut a lack of postseason success]].
* The Hawks are an NBA team that used to have a logo that looked suspiciously like {{Pac-Man}}[[note]]And as of 2014, revived it as a secondary logo[[/note]]. Another middle-of-the-pack team, also owned by Ted Turner for a few years. Their most notable player in recent history was Dominique Wilkins, nine time All-Star, two time Slam Dunk champion, and often cast as one of Michael Jordan's [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]].
* The Dream are a WNBA team founded in 2008; in their first season, they made a heroic effort to be the worst team in the history of ever, finishing 4-30. They got better.
* Atlanta had two different NHL teams[[note]]Yes, really. Stop laughing.[[/note]], both of which ultimately left for Canada. The Flames[[note]]an allusion to Sherman's burning of Atlanta[[/note]], founded in 1972, were enjoying modest success on the ice, but couldn't consistently fill the Omni, nor could they find stable ownership in town, so the team was sold to Nelson Skalbania and moved to Calgary in 1980, keeping the Flames name. The Thrashers[[note]]named after the state bird; the nickname had even been considered for the Flames as well as the NFL's Falcons[[/note]], a 1999 expansion team, also struggled at the gate, and internal strife among the ownership group prevented the team from building on its lone division title[[note]]Many Thrashers fans accuse the Atlanta Spirit Group of [[TheyJustDidntCare deliberately sabotaging]] the team, as they never wanted to own the team or even have them as a tenant in Philips Arena, only wanting the NBA's Hawks[[/note]]. Again with no willing suitors to keep the team in town, the Thrashers were sold to True North Sports and Entertainment[[note]]True North originally intended to buy and relocate the Phoenix[=/=]Arizona Coyotes (formerly the ''original'' Winnipeg Jets); however, the city of Glendale, Arizona, who owns and operates the Coyotes' home arena, elected to cover the Coyotes' losses for another season to keep them from moving, so True North went to the next team up for sale[[/note]] in 2011, relocated to Winnipeg and [[InNameOnly renamed the Jets]].
* Suburban Atlanta is also the home of Atlanta Motor Speedway, a legacy NASCAR track.

Those with more geeky inclinations can easily find a place in Atlanta. Georgia Institute of Technology (aka Georgia Tech) is one of the largest and most prestigious polytechnical universities in the country is located right in Midtown. Downtown is overtaken every Labor Day weekend by the massive celebration of all things geek known as Dragon*Con.

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'''Atlanta in fiction:'''
* ''ATL''
* ''Literature/AtlantaNights''
* ''Film/TheChangeUp'' starring RyanReynolds.
* ''ClassOf3000''
* ''Series/DesigningWomen''
* ''Webcomic/TheDevilsPanties''
* ''DrivingMissDaisy''
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'' occasionally uses it as a setting, and the first five episodes were filmed in the area.
* ''Fled''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "The Deep South": Atlanta was relocated to the middle of the ocean and sank, becoming a stand-in for {{Atlantis}}.
* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'': The Diggers family lives in Atlanta, creator Fred Perry's hometown.
* ''GoneWithTheWind'' - not only is the Burning of Atlanta included in the second act, but Margaret Mitchell was born and died in Atlanta, hit by a car on Peachtree Street.
* The KateDaniels novel series is set in Atlanta that's been overrun and partly destroyed by magic.
* Though it doesn't pass through Atlanta proper, ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' begins in Savannah and the Survivors pass through the state on their way to UsefulNotes/NewOrleans.
* ''Film/LifeAsWeKnowIt'' starring Katherine Heigl.
* ''Literature/AManInFull'' by Tom Wolfe.
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}''
* ''Film/MidnightInTheGardenOfGoodAndEvil'' is set in Savannah, Georgia, which is...nowhere near and nothing like Atlanta, but is at least in the same state. It's still common for people unfamiliar with Georgia to get the two cities confused.
* ''Series/{{Profiler}}''
* ''Series/SingleLadies'', a VH1 show produced by Music/QueenLatifah which can be considered ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' [[foldercontrol]]

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* Most of TylerPerry's movies take place in Atlanta.
* ''The Walking Dead'', both [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead comic book]] and [[Series/TheWalkingDead TV show]], started out next to Atlanta, although they moved away fairly quickly.
* The ZoeMartinique series of novels takes place in Atlanta.

'''Shows based in Atlanta:'''
* The internet comedy group [[http://dormtainment.com/ Dormtainment]] live in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody, in fact at least two of their videos require you to have some knowledge of the Atlanta area to get it (though you could probably figure it out): "Straight Outta Dunwoody" (a rap song about an upper-middle class suburb) and "Bday Bash" (annual concert held by a radio station in Atlanta).
* ''Series/GoodEats'' is primarily filmed in Alpharetta and Marietta, Georgia.
* ''[[NealBoortz The Neal Boortz Show]]''
* ''The RealHousewives Of Atlanta'', on Bravo.

'''Creators originally from or based in Atlanta:'''
* Creator/TheWeatherChannel
* The Turner networks:
** {{Creator/TBS}}, {{Creator/TNT}} and Creator/TurnerClassicMovies
** {{Creator/CNN}} & {{Creator/HLN}}
** Creator/CartoonNetwork & Creator/AdultSwim
** Wrestling/{{WCW}}
* Creator/JeffFoxworthy
* Creator/DavidCross
* Creator/ChloeMoretz
* Matt and Mike Chapman, creators of HomestarRunner

'''Musical acts based in or originally from Atlanta:'''
* 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, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, T.I., Future, Jeezy, WakaFlockaFlame, Rasheeda, Killer Mike, Crime Mob, Ying Yang Twins, Music/{{TLC}}, Jazze Pha, ChildishGambino, Dem Franchize Boys, Young Dro, Rich Homie Quan, Lil' Scrappy, Ciara, Gorilla Zoe, RavenSymone, Youngbloodz, Travis Porter, Migos, I-20 and Yung Joc.
* Hip-hop/soul band Music/{{Outkast}}
* Music/{{Usher}}
* Atlanta-based producer Bill Lowery launched the careers of Music/RayStevens, Music/JerryReed, and others.
* Music/{{Sevendust}}
* Music/TheBlackCrowes
* Music/CatPower
* Music/JanelleMonae
* Canadian Music/JustinBieber moved to Atlanta to forward his music career.
* The Music/IndigoGirls grew up in Decatur and started performing locally when they were students at Emory University.
* Music/{{Mastodon}}
* Music/{{Sugarland}}
* Music/IndiaArie
* Monica
* Keri Hilson
* Toni Braxton

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