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Jack Portman, the scion of an architectural icon and vice chairman of John Portman & Associates, makes a case for the high caliber of Atlanta's built environment in a Saporta Report column this week. Some 20,000 design enthusiasts are descending upon Atlanta next week for the American Institute of Architects national convention, and Portman draws distinctions between the last time the convention visited — 1975 — and the Atlanta of today. "A gallon of gas cost 54 cents and suburban sprawl was emptying out the city," writes Portman. "When you stop to think about it, it is quite extraordinary to realize just how far our city has come since then." [Photo:]