the histories of our streets

Georgia State University students map Atlanta's past

Author: dfriedman6

1996 Olympic games: Changing Atlanta’s Infrastructure



1996 was a summer that Atlanta had never seen before. One that could make or break the city’s reputation. In the spotlight of the world Atlanta saw an opportunity to grow financially, while shaping the city’s appeal. “Atlanta hosted the Centennial Summer Olympic Games from July 19-August 4, 1996. This was the largest event in the city’s history, and it helped establish Atlanta as the business and sports capital of the Southeast. Atlanta spent millions of dollars in preparation for the Games, including building new sports venues, improving streets and sidewalks, and altering housing patterns. The Centennial Games brought global attention and investment to Atlanta.”[1] . Andrew Young, activist and former Mayer of Atlanta played a huge role in this victory. Alongside Billy Payne, they pushed the idea that Atlanta could become a major city pushing past poverty and racial tensions. Atlanta had to work hard for this. The bidding process was hard, with tons of powerful cities competing for the 100thOlympic Games. As you can see from the graph below revenue was all over the place but, global attention through broadcasting was high.

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ATL: Historic Views

  • This is the Hurt Building located in hurt plaza. It is also in the middle of Georgia States main campus. The building now even features a very “historic and elaborate” Starbucks. originally built in 1913 the building needed to fit a certain landsite. Built by Joel Hurt, it features a unique triangle shape. This was an early success for Atlanta’s skyscrapers. Hurt had previously contributed to Atlanta’s growth and expansion in many ways. Seeing this building in person really makes you appreciate the detail and thought put into creation. This is something that does not seem to be focused on as much anymore. This building is a true piece of Atlanta’s history. Below I have attached a map of the building and surrounding areas. Please take a moment to check it out!

Dimitry: Hurt Building in 2022

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