The City of Atlanta

The city of Atlanta is a city in Georgia which is located within the southeastern region of the United States. Atlanta is positioned at 33.75 latitude and -84.39 longitude with an elevation of 336 meters above sea level.  It is currently the biggest city in Georgia and it serves as the capital of the state. Atlanta is actually the fifth city to be the capital of Georgia.

Photo By: Mike Boening Photography April 14, 2017

It after Savannah, Augusta, Louisville, and Milledgeville. Atlanta also ranks number 3 for largest conecentration of the Fortune 500 companies in the USA. The city is a transportation hub since the Hartsfield Atlanta Airport has direct flights to South America, Europe, and Asia which makes the city very international and has representation for more than 50 countries. The population of Atlanta is approximately 420,000.

Atlanta has nine different counties; Fulton, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, Clayton, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, and Henry.

The city of Atlanta was found in 1837 and was then called Terminus, then Marthasville after the governor’s daughter until finally renamed Atlanta. In 1842, Atlanta’s first train went to Marietta, Georgia. During the Civil War era, the population was approximately 8,000 because it had a role of medical center.

The departmental vision is “To plan and implement the future by guiding the physical and economic development of the City while enhancing the quality of life for all through a comprehensive range of planning, design review, construction plan approval, building code compliance, housing preservation and assistance services and programs.” (Missions and Visions para. 1)

Despite segregation ending in the U.S. many years ago, Atlanta is very divided. If you take account of everything and follow all the little details, you can see that Atlanta is a very divided city. An interesting fact is that there was intent with Marta to divide the races from entering suburbs.

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There was a study done that actually proved that there was racism in the travel times in Atlanta. Epidemiologist Peipins and her colleagues completed research on the racial disparities in travel time to radiotherapy facilities in the metro Atlanta area. Their studies show that people in the suburbs have more access to a car and the transportation time to the radiation facility was 56 min compared to 8 min by private transportation. Those outside the city are more likely to have a private vehicle. There was a positive association between availability of private transportation and increase in travel time with people that have low access to a private vehicle. Travel time and distance play a role in the type of treatment received.