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Downtown Atlanta is the historic business district of Atlanta. Downtown is the largest of the city’s three commercial districts, and is the location of many corporate or regional headquarters; city, county, state and federal government facilities; Georgia State University; sporting venues; and most of Atlanta’s tourist attractions. Downtown measures approximately four square miles, and had 26,700 residents as of 2010.Similar to other central business districts in the U.S., Downtown has recently undergone a transformation that included the construction of new condos and lofts, renovation of historic buildings, and arrival of new residents and businesses.
Downtown is bound by North Avenue to the north, Boulevard to the east, Interstate 20 to the south, and Northside Drive to the west. This definition of Downtown Atlanta includes central areas like Five Points, the Hotel District and Fairlie-Poplar and outlying inner-city neighborhoods such as SoNo and Castleberry Hill.
Additional Downtown Atlanta is divided into nine subdistricts:
- Centennial Hill
- Luckie Marietta
- Peachtree Center
- South Downtown
The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) organization, though, defines a much smaller downtown area measuring just one and two tenths square miles. This area is roughly bound by North Avenue to the north, Piedmont Avenue and the Downtown Connector to the east, Martin Luther King Junior Drive, Courtland Street, and Edgewood Avenue to the south, and the railroad tracks to the west. This area only includes the core central business district neighborhoods of Fairlie-Poplar, Five Points, the Hotel District, Centennial Hill, and South Downtown.
The area of downtown contains among the tallest buildings in Atlanta. The tallest building in Atlanta, the Bank of America Plaza building, is situated between Midtown Atlanta and Downtown Atlanta. Rising at 1,023 feet (312 m), Bank of America Plaza is also the tallest building in any of the U.S. state capitals, and the tallest building in the U.S. outside of New York City and Chicago. Downtown Atlanta is the heart and the largest of the three business districts of the city. This area contains striking architecture dating as far back as the 19th century.
Downtown Atlanta contains over 26,000,000 square feet (2,400,000 m2) of office space; combined with Midtown as the central business district they make up over 48 million sq ft, more than the business districts of Dallas, and Miami. Downtown’s economy is also driven by its government facilities, venues, and retail options. Downtown is home to all of the city’s major sporting venues. The Georgia Dome, with a seating capacity of 71,250 is the largest cable-supported dome stadium in the world. Home to the Atlanta Falcons. In the vicinity of the Georgia Dome is Phillips Arena, the home of the Atlanta Hawks, the city’s NBA team, and the Atlanta Dream, the city’s WNBA team. The arena is located directly across Centennial Olympic Park Drive from the CNN Center. Just south of Interstate 20 is Turner Field, home to the Atlanta Braves, the city’s MLB team. The baseball park is capable of seating 50,096.Clustered around the Georgia Dome and the CNN Center, The Georgia World Congress Center is a state-owned convention center. Opened in 1976, it was the first state owned and operated major convention center in the United States. In addition, The Tabernacle, located on Luckie Street, is a music concert hall built in 1910 for Tabernacle Baptist Church. Moreover, Located near the MARTA Five Points Station, Underground Atlanta is Downtown’s shopping and entertainment district.
There are several Parks located in Downtown Atlanta including the 21 acre Centennial Olympic Park, Robert W. Woodruff Park, Phoenix Memorial, and Hurt Park. Just north of Centennial Olympic Park is the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium with more than 8 million US gallons (30,000 m3) of fresh and marine water.The World of Coca-Cola, situated near the Georgia Aquarium at Pemberton Place, is a permanent exhibition to the history of Coca-Cola. In June 2008, Atlanta was selected for the future home of the National Health Museum. The location will be near Centennial Olympic Park where it is estimated to attract between 1.1 and 1.4 million visitors per year.
Located Downtown in Peachtree Center are The Consulate-General of Argentina, The Consulate-General Germany, Consulate of Belgium, and The Consulate-General of South Korea. Located Downtown in the Georgia-Pacific Tower is The Consulate-General of the United Kingdom.
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