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The right cluster of buildings is Downtown, the historical heart of the city and to the far left you’re seeing Midtown, which is more residential and where more new construction is happening. The large building in the middle, between the two clusters sort of by itself, is Bank of America Plaza. Once you leave downtown the high rise development is focused on Peachtree Street, to the east of The Connector (the highway that runs through the city) – [you can get a good idea of how that works in this image.](http://www.ompatlanta.com/images/aerial_large.jpg) Peachtree Street continues north from Midtown to Buckhead and the denser development continues to be focused on the street all the way to Buckhead, which cannot be seen in this picture.
The Atlanta metro is very spread out, but I would say the downtown / midtown area you see in this picture is not very spread out. It’s relatively small for a metro of it’s size. The major reason being high rise development has taken root outside the city center and there are many CBDs through out the metro area – Buckhead, Dunwoody, and the Cobb Galleria area.