A HOST OF CONTRADICTIONS

THE OLYMPICS WILL BE IN A CITY OF TREES AND HIGH-RISES, NORTH AND SOUTH, MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND MARGARET MITCHELL

Before a visitor has even left Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport, he is loudly assaulted by the city's pride in itself: "Awakens as a world leader," says one postcard, among the "American-Made Collectors' Souvenirs and Spoons" in an airport gift shop, and another calls it ''a competitor's paradise." Terminal videos instruct you on how to invest money here, and a large ad reminds you that the born-again town was voted the top American city for "global companies" in 1994 by one magazine and the best city for small businesses by another. Atlanta ("A Star on the Rise," as the logo on its...

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