Metropolitan area in the State of Georgia sometimes described as a "horizontal city."
With few natural barriers to contain or restrict its growth, the city has developed "horizontal" in a sprawling, dispersed fashion. The city's low population density levels contrast sharply with those of older, more densely packed northern cities such as New York, Boston, or Chicago.
The tallest and most closely grouped buildings are found in downtown Atlanta around an intersection called Five Points, and in the area immediately north. This is the business and historic heart of the city
Further north of this area are Midtown and Buckhead, the location of the city's primary cultural institutions, Piedmont Park (Atlanta's largest public park), and a number of older, traditionally white residential communities.
The population of the city of Atlanta declined from 425,022 in 1980 to 394,017 in 1990, as residents moved to the metropolitan region.The population of the Atlanta metropolitan area continued to increase at a rapid rate in the late 20th century, growing from 2,233,000 in 1980 to 2,960,000 in 1990.
The Atlanta region's recent growth in population has been matched by rapid economic growth. Atlanta is the undisputed business capital of the Southeast.
Atlanta houses the headquarters of some of the largest and best-known companies in the United States, including Coca-Cola, United Parcel Service, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Turner Broadcasting System, and Delta Air Lines Incorporated.
In addition, more than four-fifths of the nation's largest businesses maintain branch offices in the metropolitan area. The city is also gaining a reputation as an international business center.
The hospitality and convention industries also contribute to Atlanta's economy, with three large trade facilities within the downtown area: the World Congress Center, the Merchandise Mart, and the Apparel Mart.
Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, one of the largest and busiest air terminals in the United States, has established the city as a leader in air transport and commerce. The city is also served by three interstate highways, as well as freight and passenger railroads.
The two largest newspapers in the city are the Atlanta Constitution and the Atlanta Journal.
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