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October 19, 2017

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City in point: Atlanta

The city guide for the short attention span

In the news

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest, but it recently earned another title: most guns seized at a single airport so far in 2013. Through early August, the TSA confiscated 67 guns — on pace to break last year’s record of 100, held by none other than Hartsfield-Jackson. The airport has put up signs to remind folks to make sure they’re not packing before stepping through security.

Find-anywhere food

Health food it ain't. Fried chicken is king here, served on waffles, buns and more, with national chains Chick-Fil-A and Zaxby's both based in the area. If you want to pile on even more guilt, wash it down with a Coke; their international headquarters are downtown.

Getting around

The x-shaped MARTA light-rail network (day pass US$9; kids under 46” free) is great if you're sticking to downtown and most major attractions. The city does sprawl though, so a trip to the suburbs might require a car or cab ride. itsmarta.com.

Memorable moments

Atlanta has seen large-scale destruction twice; once by General Sherman's Union soldiers in 1864, and again a century later when the city razed slums in order to improve the quality of housing. As the birthplace of MLK and a city that was “too busy to hate,” Atlanta would prove a model for Southern racial harmony and business development. That reputation won it hosting rights to the 1996 Olympics, which were famously... not the greatest ever.

No-problem November

Go south, young man. Folks who prefer mild weather will do quite well in November, when the average high hovers just under 20ºC and lows around 8ºC.

Have a drink

Missing Canada? Four train stops from the Georgia World Congress Center, The Sound Table’s “Toronto” cocktail (US$9) mixes 100-proof rye, Fernet Branca, Angostura bitters, sugar and flamed orange. What does that have to do with Toronto, you ask? So do we, actually. thesoundtable.com.

Confuse your GPS

Whether down to an intense love of fruit or an equally intense lack of creativity, there are over 65 streets in Atlanta — aka Capital of the Georgia Peach — with the word “Peachtree” it in.

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