Cities: Boom Town

Peachtree Street was never before like this. Handsome stone-and-glass office and apartment buildings are sprouting all over Atlanta. In the past two years workmen put the finishing touches on such major new downtown structures as a 22-story, $12 million Atlanta Merchandise Mart, and a 31-story headquarters for the Bank of Georgia, loftiest skyscraper in the Southeast. This year city officials expect to issue around $120 million worth of new building permits. From 1950 to 1960 metropolitan Atlanta's population jumped 40% to 1,017,188 and is still growing at the rate of 30,000 a...

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