Atlanta’s Olympic Resurgence

by Michael Dobbins (Author), Leon S. Eplan (Author), Randal Roark (Author)
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The summer of 1996. In nineteen days, six million visitors jostled about in a southern city grappling with white flight, urban decay and the stifling legacy of Jim Crow. Six years earlier, a bold, audacious partnership of a strong mayor, enlightened business leaders and Atlanta's Black political leadership dared to bid on hosting the 1996 Olympic Games. Unexpectedly, the city won, an achievement that ignited a loose but robust coalition that worked collectively, if sometimes contentiously, to prepare the city and push it forward. This is a story of how once-struggling Atlanta leveraged the benefits of the Centennial Games to become a city of international prominence. This improbable rise from the ashes is told by three urban planning professionals who were at the center of the story.

Contributor
Clara Hayley Axam (Introduction author)
Publication date
May 03, 2021
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Page count
224
ISBN
9781439672563
Paper ISBN
9781467147248
File size
6 MB