The Southern-ness of Coca Cola in Gravy Ep. 51

Here’s a game for the next time you’re in Atlanta: wander around, and see if you can spot all the influences of Coca Cola.

Yes, there’s the Coke sign on top of a Walgreens in the heart of the city. Yes, it’s there on billboards and in murals. But, if you know a couple of names of Coke’s leaders—Asa Candler and Robert Woodruff—you start to realize how omnipresent Coca Cola is in the city.

Robert Woodruff Park is not too far from the Robert Woodruff Volunteer Service Center… which is down the street from the Candler Building. I could go on.

The Coca Cola sign in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Photo by Tyler Pratt.
The Coca Cola sign in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Photo by Tyler Pratt.

Atlanta is Coca Cola’s birthplace, but the influence goes both ways. In the new episode of Gravy, we dig into the Southern-ness of Coke: how being from this region shaped the soft drink—and how the soft drink shaped the South.

Listen here.