ATLANTA — Depending on who’s talking, the massive influx of people for the NBA All-Star Game over the weekend was either a shot in the arm or a pain in the butt.

The number of people — 160,000 in all, according to city estimates, was four times more than expected, said Mayor Shirley Franklin. Hanging out at the city’s most upscale malls was a favorite activity, along with cruising Peachtree Street and partying in packed clubs. In a city notorious for traffic snarls on a good day, gridlock caused street closings and rerouting Friday night and Saturday.

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