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Researching Urban Atlanta

A guide to locating current information about the Atlanta urban area.

Atlanta Information

General Information Sources:

Most Important:

City of Atlanta Online is the official website of Atlanta with lots of information, links to individual department websites (education), neighborhood links, etc.

Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county ARC metropolitan area. ARC reports are excellent sources of planning information for regional problems such as traffic, water use, etc. The ARC also produces monthly statistical snapshops of the region, individual counties and the city of Atlanta. Features numerous maps and an interactive mapping feature showing ethnic groups, environmental issues, and transportation projects in the Atlanta region. ARC Information Center.


Atlanta City Council is the legislative branch of city government.

Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) produces information on numbers of college graduates and impact of higher education on the local economy, e.g. Fast Facts.

Atlanta Police Department contains a variety of information including crime statistics.

Atlanta Public School System is the official site for city public schools. Find out school zones. Other local schools are DeKalb, Decatur, Gwinnett, Fulton, Cobb and Clayton counties. Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is the accrediting agency for the school systems, including higher education. Useful state statistics , Georgia Progress Report, 2012 are found on the SREB website. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), working under AdvanceED is the accrediting agency for high schools  See the accreditation reports for Atlanta and other areas (esp. 2011 and 2012) For more information see Issues/Education page.

Central Atlanta Progress is a business group focusing on the downtown area. Their website has a variety of items including Atlanta Rankings.

Metropolitican Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is another business group supporting the city.

Changing Atlanta, a continuing series found in Southern Spaces, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Regions, Places and Cultures of the American South... includes a variety of articles on racial issues including the 2004 African American Community Building in Atlanta: A Guide to the Study of Race in America

Digital Library of Georgia is a gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources. Included is the New Georgia Encyclopedia, an authoritative source of information about people, places, events, institutions, and many other topics relating to the state.

Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness also has two excellent links pages and here

Georgia CityScapes from the Georgia department of Community Affairs profiles county seats and cities with populations of 10,000 or more. Profiling cities ranging from small, rural communities to large metropolitan areas, this diverse publication provides a reference tool for educators, researchers, students, business leaders, and elected officials. For each city, four sections are presented: Community Profile, Demographics, Economy and Local Finance. The data compiled for each section is taken from a number of sources including federal, state and local government agencies and publications. Some material out-of-date.

GeorgiaInfo, Carl Vinson School of Government, University of Georgia links to a wide variety of information about Georgia and Atlanta including maps, profiles and statistical information

Global Atlanta Works is a collaborative program designed to raise awareness about ethnic minority, immigrant and/or otherwise disengaged population groups in the Atlanta region by facilitating communication, providing resources and tools, identifying cultural links and building livable communities. Contains statistics and community organization lists and links.

MARTA  is the official website of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority which oversees bus and train transportation in Atlanta. Good for statistics and transportation planning.

Atlanta and the Civil Rights Movement, an ongoing project to identify resources relates to the city's place in the movement. First phase covers 1940-1970.

Environmental Justice Resource Center (EJRC), Clark Atlanta University support diverse interests including a variety of studies of environmental and economic justice, environmental racism, land use and industrial facility permitting, brownfields redevelopment, community health, transportation equity, suburban sprawl, and smart growth, energy, and climate justice. Much of it is Atlanta based including much of the work of its Director, Robert Bullard.  Produced State of Black Atlanta 2010 . Extensive links

Andrew Young School of Public Policy Studies of Georgia State University which produces a variety of reports on the Atlanta region.Research Atlanta, formerly part of the Andrew Young School has merged with the Civic League for Regional Atlanta which also studies Atlanta issues.


Uniform Crime Reports (Atlanta Police Dept.) is source of statistics for crimes in the city. Statistics are reported for the city and by zone. Use Uniform Crime Reports from the FBI for uniform crime reports for the nation.

For more resources on Atlanta check the library's Atlanta Research Guide.



Atlanta is not just Gone with the Wind and  Driving Miss Daisy, there are lots of other videos. Following are some sample documentaries. To locate more do search on discoverE and limit format to "videos"

Q & A with Shirley Franklin DVD5860. 2006. Shirley Franklin was elected Mayor of Atlanta in 2001. She was Atlanta's first female mayor and the first black woman to run a large Southern city.

Making of Modern Atlanta, VHS 1940. A 1991 WPBA series that explores the socio-cultural and economic development of Atlanta.

Displaced in the New South VHS 1904. A 1995 documentary on the first wave of Asian and Latino immigrants to Atlanta.

Lost Children of Rockdale County VHS 4923. A 1999 PBS documentary on teenage sexual activity in a suburb of Atlanta.

Fences and Neighborhoods VHS 3883 & Atlanta's Olympic Glory VHS 1562 Examine the the 1996 Olympics and its legacy.

Where We Live. VHS 8181. Examines Urban Sprawl in Atlanta. 2000.

Atlanta Child Murders DVD 8974 (Note: There is also a digital version of the FBI file related to the 1980-82 investigation into the murders of 29 African American children and two young adults.)

Atlanta's Tumultous Fifties: Fifty Years Later. Video of a 2004 panel discussion looking back at Atlanta's evolution over the past fifty years.  Covers issues of demographics, transportation, politics, and education. Published in Southern Spaces, August 5, 2004

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When Blacks Succeed DVD7907 2006.  Explores the 1906 Atlanta race riots.

Upcoming: Atlanta Way: A Documentary on Gentrification (Facebook) and website. See official trailer.  SEE ALSO related videos on YouTube

Southern Spaces

Southern Spaces is a peer-reviewed, multimedia, open-access journal published in collaboration with the Robert W. Woodruff Library of Emory University. Publishes articles, photo essays and images, reviews, presentations, and short videos about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections.

Special Series on Southern Spaces

Atlanta Studies Website

Atlanta Studies website features work from a variety of researchers around town, usually affiliated with local universities. Emory's Digital Scholarship Center is an active participant.

Sample projects include  Emory's Battle of Atlanta Project, Georgia State's Planning Atlanta--A New city in the Making 1930s-1990s,  Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas etc. Many projects involve mapping and statistics.

Each spring the group sponsors a symposium featuring a variety of presentations on Atlanta