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The city of Athens

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Thursday, April 6, 2000 9:52 PM

Athens and Clarke county Georgia,

Georgia's "Classic City," Athens is a prospering community, one that reflects the charm of the Old South while developing in cultural and industrial areas. It is located approximately 70 miles east-northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. Athens is at the heart of a three-county metropolitan area of 126,000 people.

This gallery for now at least is centered on the areas directly on campus at the University of Georgia. It was St. Patrick's day and me and the erc were taking in all the sights, the spring day greeting us all the way. Note the architecture and the blooming plants and flowers. We were on a journey that day to find the book in the rare book library that was rumored to be bound in real human skin. However we were met with opposition at the library so the next time we make the quest we will have an appointment! Some relative information follows:

Athens and Clarke County share a common local government. The Clarke County population, according to a 1990 census estimate, is 86,000. A college town in every sense of the word, Athens appreciates its University population while recognizing its obligation to all residents to grow independently of the University. The University of Georgia and Athens have grown up side by side.

When its founders were looking for a site for the new university, they sought a remote location where students would be isolated from the temptations of urban life. The town was named for its Greek counterpart, a great center of learning. Athens' elevation is 600 to 800 feet above mean sea level, and because of its geographic location, the city is sheltered from much of the extreme weather of the winter season. Mean temperature for January, the coldest month, is 43 degrees F., and for July, the warmest month, 79 degrees F. Average minimum and maximum temperatures for January are 33 and 53 degrees F., and for July, 68 and 89 degrees F. Average rainfall is 50.42 inches.

UGA:

Founded January 27, 1785, by act of the Georgia General Assembly meeting in Savannah. UGA is America's oldest state-chartered university. The University's main campus, in Athens, Georgia, covers 605 acres and includes 313 buildings. To its north, the campus adjoins historic downtown Athens, which features many boutiques, restaurants, entertainment and service businesses. The University covers 4,308 acres in Clarke County and owns a total of 43,261 acres throughout the state.

Traditional North Campus is the home of the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Journalism and Mass Communication, and the schools of Environmental Design and Law, as well as the Main Library. Noteworthy buildings on North Campus are Old College (1801), New College (1823), Demosthenian Hall (1824), the University Chapel (1832), and Phi Kappa Hall (1834). The Ladies' Garden Club Founders Memorial Garden enhances the area near Denmark Hall. South Campus, with an array of modern structures, has grown southward as the University continues to expand. Buildings include the Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center, colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Education and Pharmacy, and the schools of Forest Resources and Social Work, as well as the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the Coliseum, and Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.

State funds complemented by private gifts, grants from foundations, and federal grants continue to increase the building program on campus. Buildings recently completed include the Life Sciences Building, which provides state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for biotechnology research and teaching; the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, which provides a comprehensive fitness/exercise facility for students and faculty; and the Performing and Visual Arts Complex, which provides a home for the University's art and music departments as well as the Georgia Museum of Art.

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