Thursday, September 19, 2013

Epic 1980s promo videos of Atlanta are everything you wanted and more

Posted By on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Atlantic Cities did all Atlantans, and arguably the world, a favor yesterday by uncovering a pair of YouTube clips titled "Atlanta in the 80s." As you might expect, the videos are epic, awesome, and weird.

The first clip, which looks like something commissioned by a tourism board, offers all sorts of tidbits about the city's history, architecture, hotels, and shopping malls. It's more straightforward, but has a quintessential '80s soundtrack that's both inspirational and eerie:

In this second promo, we're taken on a tour through Atlanta's attractions, neighborhoods, arts, and culture in heroic fashion:

If you don't have the patience to watch these full cinematic works of art, we've transcribed some phrases the producers used to describe Georgia's capital. They're after the jump.

- "It's that unique blend of business and pleasure, suburb and city, that Atlantans and visitors really enjoy. A big part of that is Atlanta's climate, which allows for outdoor activity to be a lifestyle year round."

- "The city offers numerous opportunities to relax and enjoy a distinctive standard of living."

- "Here in Atlanta, we don't just watch because every Fourth of July, a sea of Atlantans get out and strut their own stuff in the Peachtree Road Race."

- "If you really want to find the heart and soul of this city, you have to go its unique neighborhoods like Virginia Highland, compared so often with Washington D.C.'s Georgetown with its shops, restaurants, and arts galleries. As well as good music."

- "When the sun goes down, Atlanta becomes Hotlanta, where jazz and blues prevail. But there's everything from big band music to the wildest discos. This is a restaurant town and the international cuisine that's offered can take you around the world and back to Peachtree Street for coffee."

- "The attraction everyone associates with Atlanta is the famous Underground. Here, an array of restaurants, clubs, and shops flourish. They offer Southern hospitality with a New Orleans' flavor."

- "Atlanta's been long known as 'the city too busy to hate,' but here we don't think about that too much. Here it's just a matter of people getting along."

- "It's something intangible, but you can find in the eye contact that drivers make when one lets the other into his lane of traffic. It's matter of pace, of busy people doing important things, of people who know just when to take time out."

Just remember, folks: Atlanta is not a city. It is a landscape.

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