“After four months living in the “Black Mecca”, and discovering more every day, I feel I know nothing.” C. Andoni
Named after the railroad route built to link the port of Savannah and the Midwest, Atlanta (short for Atlantica-Pacifica), became the capitol of Georgia in 1868.
The Metro Atlanta area, which encompasses the city of Atlanta and spans up to 28 counties in Northern Georgia is home to over 7 million people.
Atlanta’s rich cultural life, civil rights movement history, city attractions, arts and entertainment makes it a very exciting place to explore. The struggle with inefficient public transportation and spread-out city landscape, do not stop me to explore Atlanta. The Fox Theatre, Piedmont Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Center, The Centennial Park, numerous museums, clubs and venues make my life in the non-typical Southern ‘Hotlanta’ so much better.
Profound transformations which Atlanta underwent through over the past decade culturally, demographically, and physically, continue. The city, as well as my experience is shaped every day.
My life is being changed by the people I have met in Atlanta. They are friends, colleagues and almost strangers who inspire me, challenge me and make me want to be better.
Life in Atlanta is not bad after all…
Other facts about Atlanta:
- Atlanta, one of the most diverse cities in the nation, with one of the highest LGBT populations per capita in the country (ranks third behind San Fran and Seattle)
- Atlanta has the twelfth highest proportion of single-person households nationwide among cities of 100,000 or more residents.
- Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport
- Atlanta is home to a number of major Fortune 500 companies
- Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest
- It is illegal to tie a giraffe to a telephone pole or street lamp in Atlanta