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ATL's Airport: Still Pretty Important

Bring up the topic of airports in the company of an Atlantan; after the obligatory mention of how crazy it can be to make a connecting flight, a certain pride emerges in Hartsfield Jackson's long-running reign as the world's busiest. But viewed in the context of factors other than passenger traffic, the ATL's dominance fades slightly. The larger point of the article is well-taken, though: a busy airport can be a big factor in general economic growth. Given Mayor Kasim Reed's various efforts to leverage both the airport and Atlanta's general status as a "hub" city and projects like Jacoby's Aerotropolis, Atlanta is well-positioned to continue to exploit the one area of transportation infrastructure in which we are ahead of the game. [The Atlantic Cities]