In 1967, Atlanta architect and developer John Portman gave the city — my city — a certified civic symbol. It wasn’t as tall as the Empire State Building or as grand as the Golden Gate Bridge. But the new Hyatt Regency Atlanta, with the first-ever atrium lobby and a revolving restaurant on the top floor, shattered the old hotel mold. At the Hyatt, hallways had turned into balconies, and guests were encouraged to indulge in some “indoor sightseeing” — watching people ride up and down the glass-bubble elevators, for example, or sip cocktails amid the ferns and fountains below.
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