by Lisa Ausman
According to the US Census Bureau, in 2012, more than 2.5 million people have moved to Atlanta in the last 20 years. Calling the third largest city in the Southeast your new home is exciting and new, but, may overwhelm newcomers when dealing with navigating this booming metropolitan. As if the sheer size of the city wasn’t enough, 71 streets in metro-Atlanta have the words “Peachtree” in the address, adding more confusion to chaos for new residents.
We hope to alleviate any woes with navigating Atlanta by providing a simple, “mental map” of the city. There have probably been plenty of times you have circled a block looking for your final destination. This map uses that circle to help break-up the size of the city into smaller, more manageable parts.
Imagine Atlanta is a giant clock, with Interstate-285 as the perimeter. Are you residing in the Alpharetta or Milton area? Then you are north at 12 o’clock. Maybe you live in Stone Mountain? Then you are at 3 o’clock. Perhaps you are close to Hartsfield International Airport; that’s south, or 6 o’clock. Finally, you might live close to the Marietta area; you are then at 9 o’clock.
Keep this mental map handy when you are traveling and you can quickly learn your way around. But, if you’re still having trouble, take of advantage of Atlanta’s wonderful southern hospitality by asking for directions. Residents are always happy to help!