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With 5.5 million people in the metro and outlying areas, the so-called "capital of the South" continues with explosive growth thanks both to southbound Yanks and international immigrants. Beyond the big-ticket downtown attractions lie a host of superlative restaurants, a salient Hollywood influence (Atlanta is now popular production center), and cultural climate highlighting African-American history. Without natural boundaries, Atlanta keeps growing. But even with all the suburbanization, Atlanta is a pretty city full of trees and elegant homes. Distinct neighborhoods are like friendly small towns fused together.