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Atlanta Through the Lens of Ashkay Gopalakrishnan

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Hi, I’m Akshay. I have a passion for creating powerful designs to cultivate impactful brands, spread unwavering messages and develop inspiring conversations. I joined the Metro Atlanta Chamber and ChooseATL as an intern in 2015, and I’ve since become the manager of content and design.

I attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a degree in graphic design.

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Metro Atlanta is here, now and next.

A region of visionaries who do what others never imagined.

Inventing. Connecting. Inspiring. Thriving.

We nurture and welcome the brightest talent –

global leaders who disrupt the status quo and

crusade to change the world.



We are dreamers who galvanized the Civil Rights Movement,

creatives who are redefining digital entertainment and

innovators who are paving an inclusive way to urban development.



We are lively main streets, lakes nestled in lush greenspaces

and bustling nightlife in the city – the options are endless.



In metro Atlanta, we share one ambition:

To never stop rising.

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The City in A Forest

Atlanta is nicknamed "the city in a forest" because of the lush tree canopy that still exists today. An aerial view will show you a city carved out of greenery, and that's just the way we like it. Take a hike on the Northside Trail or break out your mat for King of Pops yoga. Go for a quick run around Grant Park or work on your serve at Candler Park's tennis court.Work up a sweat with free classes at the Home Depot Backyard and Shed Sweat at Ponce City Market. Whatever your workout style, Atlanta makes it easy.

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The BeltLine

Where some saw old railroad corridors, Atlanta saw 22 miles of opportunity. The city transformed the corridors into five open trails, seven parks and a blank canvas for local art — all while supporting local businesses. Today, the BeltLine connects many of Atlanta's unique neighborhoods.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Suwanee, Georgia

Recognized by Money Magazine as one of the country's best small communities, Suwanee lives up to its high reputation with unique mixed-use developments, a collection of distinctive parks, and strong local committees that hold many community events. Parents love Suwanee because there are a variety of housing options and children can attend one of the largest and finest public school systems in the Southeast. Locals have access to more than 500 acres of parkland with walking and biking trails perfect for any outdoor enthusiast.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Midtown

A center for commerce, business, arts, and education, Midtown is home to more than 30,000 residents. Surrounding properties allow walkable access to Piedmont Park, restaurants, and other great attractions. For arts enthusiasts, Midtown Atlanta real estate puts you in short range of the historic Fox Theatre, the Woodruff Arts Center, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Design, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Also, Midtown is home to the regional offices for Google, Facebook, and many more exciting companies.

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The Fox Theatre

The historic Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premiere venues for live entertainment. The Fox’s 4,665 seat theatre hosts more than 150 performances a year ranging from Broadway to rock to comedy to movies. The ​spectacular ballrooms have hosted everything from Sweet 16's to weddings and corporate events.

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Little Five Points

One of the highest rated entertainment and shopping areas in Atlanta, Little Five Points is praised for its unique culture. The area is filled with fantastic spots to eat like The Vortex and The Porter, as well as a collection of one of a kind shopping experiences for clothes, records, comics, and books. Little Five is also home to premiere spots for live music like The Variety Playhouse and Aisle 5.

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Ideas Come to Life in Atlanta

Atlanta's secret formula? Everyone has a seat at the table and an opportunity to be heard. The metro area is home to collaborative workspaces, incubators, funding and resources that help get ideas off the ground. Some of those ideas become globally-recognized brands, like Coca-Cola.

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Atlanta Lantern Parade

The Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade debuted on the Atlanta art scene in 2010, and has grown to more than 70,000 participants and tailgaters along the parade route.

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Switchyards All City Club

Made with Soul in Atlanta: Switchyards All-City Club. Switchyards is the original neighborhood work club, with inspiring meeting spaces for offsites and monthly membership options for local startups. The initial Switchyards location opened up downtown in 2016, and has begun rapidly expanding to other neighborhoods.

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Mercedes-Benz Stadium

There are stadiums, and then there's Mercedes-Benz Stadium. One of only five NFL stadiums in the U.S. to feature a fully retractable roof and halo board, it houses up to 71,000 fans and has an incredible 360° LED scoreboard — perfect for viewing the game from every angle.The Benz feeds fans with low-cost food and drink concessions, making game days affordable for fans of all ages and backgrounds. Atlanta United and the Atlanta Falcons proudly play here.

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The Dirty Birds

Sunday football is a religion in the South, and Atlanta has faith in the Falcons. Don your red and black through wins and losses, cheering for the dirty birds from seats at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium or stools at your favorite sports bar.It's hard to find a place that's not dotted with Julio Jones or Matty Ice jerseys on game day. Rise Up!

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The Atlanta Braves at Truist Park

Baseball may be America's national pastime, but it's also Atlanta's oldest sport. With 144 seasons played, 25 playoff appearances and three world championships — the Braves have shaped what it means to be a baseball fan since 1871.Go for the next big win or kick back with a beer. When you're in Atlanta, you're in Braves Country. 

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Rich Past influences Vibrant Culture.

In 1864, Atlanta burned to ashes and rose again. 100 years later, Civil Rights leaders stood up to demand equality for all.The beauty that comes from these battle wounds still runs through the veins of Atlanta's culture — instilling purpose into the music, food, fashion and art. Living in ATL puts you at the root of it all.

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Created in partnership between ChooseATL and Nebo Agency.

Photos by: Akshay Gopalakrishnan. See more photos at AkshayATL.com.

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