ATL is in a fairly good location, good access to three Interstate highways (I-75, I-85, I-285), rapid transit line that goes all the way to the northside of town, and it's centrally located in the region. On the other hand, the airport is not ideally situated for a lot of people. When the airport originally opened, the majority of people in the Atlanta area lived in the city itself, or in one of the trolley suburbs like Inman Park, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highlands, Decatur, and East Point; so the airport really wasn't too far from the majority of the residents of Atlanta. Since the 1970s, the population growth has been primarily concentrated in the northern suburbs of Atlanta (north Fulton County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, and Cherokee County) and areas that were being considered for the location of a replacement airport ended up where all this development sprung up. When a site in northern Fulton County was being considered in the late 60s and early 70s for the airport, the area was still rural farmland; today, the area is full of neighborhoods, office parks, and retail stores. One of the original sites proposed for the Atlanta Airport back in the 1920s was to the southwest of town, but was not considered because of a large hill on the site, and the navigation technology was not up to the challenge. The site of the former Naval Air Station in Chamblee was considered as well, but the government in DeKalb County got a hold to the land before the City of Atlanta could, and is now the current site of Peachtree-DeKalb Airport. There really isn't a suitable site in the Metro area for the airport, other than some of the smaller airfields in Atlanta. The decision to build it in Hapeville was the best decision that could have been made, since basically, only a minimum amount of work was require to establish it originally.