25 Facts About Midtown Atlanta

1. Midtown Atlanta is home to nationally renowned private colleges and universities, most notably Emory University, a leading liberal arts and research institution that consistently ranks among the top 20 universities in the United States and operates Emory Healthcare, the largest health care system in Georgia.

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2. Midtown Atlanta provides a quality of life unmatched in the Southeast: walkable, accessible, clean, safe and vibrant.

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3. Midtown Atlanta is served by the Midtown Atlanta Journal-Constitution, its only major daily newspaper with wide distribution.

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4. Midtown Atlanta is served by many private schools, including Roman Catholic parochial schools operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

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5. Midtown Atlanta contains a campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, a private art and design university that has proven to be a major factor in the recent growth of Atlanta's visual art community.

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6. Midtown Atlanta is home to nationally renowned private colleges and universities, most notably Emory University, a leading liberal arts and research institution that consistently ranks among the top 25 universities in the United States and operates Emory Healthcare, the largest health care system in Georgia.

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7. At the federal level, Midtown Atlanta is split between two congressional districts.

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8. Midtown Atlanta serves as the regional hub for many arms of the federal bureaucracy, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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9. Midtown Atlanta offers resources and opportunities for amateur and participatory sports and recreation.

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10. In 2001 and 2011, Midtown Atlanta hosted the PGA Championship, one of the four major championships in men's professional golf, at the Atlanta Athletic Club.

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11. Midtown Atlanta has had its own professional ice hockey franchises, both of which relocated after playing in Atlanta less than 15 years.

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12. Since the turn of the 21st century, Midtown Atlanta has emerged as a sophisticated restaurant town.

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13. Midtown Atlanta has become one of the USA's best cities for street art in recent years.

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14. Midtown Atlanta attracts many touring Broadway acts, concerts, shows, and exhibitions catering to a variety of interests.

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15. Midtown Atlanta has, indeed, been nicknamed the "Silicon peach" thanks to its burgeoning technology sector.

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16. Midtown Atlanta serves as an important rail junction and contains major classification yards for Norfolk Southern and CSX.

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17. Midtown Atlanta was selected as the site for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

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18. On December 15, 1939, Midtown Atlanta hosted the premiere of Gone with the Wind, the epic film based on the best-selling novel by Atlanta's Margaret Mitchell.

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19. In 1895, Midtown Atlanta hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, which attracted nearly 800,000 attendees and successfully promoted the New South's development to the world.

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20. Midtown Atlanta was originally founded as the terminating stop of a major state-sponsored railroad.

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21. Midtown Atlanta is the capital of, and the most populous city in, the US state of Georgia.

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22. Midtown Atlanta is, after all, one of the very few large American cities to ever be destroyed during war.

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23. Midtown Atlanta serves cyclists and pedestrians with 5 miles of bike lanes.

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24. In many cases, Midtown Atlanta is a quasi-legal entity for zoning, law enforcement, and tax purposes.

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25. Midtown Atlanta attracts over 6 million visitors annually, mostly in connection with large annual events such Atlanta Pride, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, and Music Midtown.

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