Introduction

Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta's most impressive 1996 Summer Olympics legacy, is the beating heart of the city's compact downtown, around which a potpourri of Fortune 500 businesses, world-class cultural attractions, wide-eyed conventioneers, fanatic sports fans and a vibrant student scene (the 51,000-student Georgia State University is located here) converge among cloud-kissing skyscrapers and fine Southern hospitality. Some of the Southeast's biggest attractions – Center for Civil & Human Rights, World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, College Football Hall of Fame, CNN Center – all fall within a peach's throw of each other.