What America Looks Like: Smyrna, Georgia

By Conor Friedersdorf

The United States as seen by its residents

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"For many Atlanta residents, there is a rivalry between those living Inside the Perimeter (ITP) and those living Outside the Perimeter (OTP). This particular shot was taken at sunset in Smyrna, Georgia, or OTP, in a part of town that is pretty much strip malls, planned neighborhoods and lots and lots of roads, but a slice of serenity can be found at this private lake."

Thanks to Margaret Goerig for the submission. Her Web site is here.

Previously in this series: Venice Beach, California. Western Georgia. Cincinnati, Ohio.  Birmingham, Alabama. Clarksdale, Mississippi. New York, New York. The border between Arizona and Nevada. Detroit, Michigan. Key West, Florida. Portland, Oregon. Boston, Massachusetts. Austin, Texas. Nashville, Tennessee. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Seattle, Washington. Portland, Maine. Yokena, Mississippi.

Submission guidelines: We're seeking photographs that capture the look and feel of the United States as seen by those who live here, rather than the stock images of postcards and TV backdrops. Email photos to whatamericalookslike@gmail.com - doing so affirms that you hold all rights to the submission, and grants us permission to publish your photo at TheAtlantic.com and in any future collection of What America Looks Like photographs.

Include the city and state where the image is taken, and as detailed a description as you're willing to offer. Also let us know if you've got a photo Web site or a link where a print of your photo is available for purchase.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/05/what-america-looks-like-smyrna-georgia/239193/