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Stories of Atlanta

Out with the old, in with the new…again

I don’t understand “spacetime” any more than I do the argument that there is no such thing as time. It all makes about as much sense to me as the quantum theory of multiple universes where everything that can happen is happening and at the same time, which is odd because I thought there was no time. It’s all very confusing.

I guess, if it is true, then there is no past, present or future…things just are. But until bigger brains than mine figure all this out, the best we can say is that it sure seems like there was a past. I say that because I look at a lot of pictures of Atlanta that show buildings that don’t exist today but once did, somewhere in space or time.

There are so many buildings that have been built in Atlanta and then torn down that it makes one wonder if that’s the real Story of Atlanta. A city that is constantly rebuilding itself by getting rid of any trace of the previous city that existed. Time or no time, it’s kind of sad, wouldn’t you say? Some of the buildings that we got rid of were really nice.

And although as a city we do seem to favor keeping a few pieces of the buildings we tear down and creating public art out of them…that may not be enough. We’ll let you be the judge as we consider the case of a building that is the subject of this week’s Stories of Atlanta.

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Lance Russell

Lance Russell is an Atlanta-based filmmaker and media communicator who, for over three decades, has been entrusted by clients to tell their stories. A seasoned producer with an innate ability to cut to the heart of the matter, Lance’s instincts are tailor-made for today’s “media bite” culture. Brief, poignant and always entertaining, Lance’s current passion is bringing Atlanta’s colorful and inspiring past to life with his “rest of the story” style video series, Stories of Atlanta. “History’s best communicators,” says Lance, “have always been storytellers. It’s in our DNA. ‘Once upon a time’ is how we got to where we are now.”

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  1. Greg Allen Hodges February 4, 2022 11:17 pm

    Scotsman Andrew Carnegie’s millions spawned almost 1,800 libraries across the land….a legacy that still lives on today in cities big and small. I can recall catching the bus (“Atlanta Transit Co” then) from our southside home into downtown to visit “the Carnegie” to work on a term paper or other school project. The clunky Xerox machine was fed nickels and dimes for copying important articles and printed materials I could not find in our school library. But the inside of the place was even then beginning to take on a worn and shabby appearance…. but I am glad that the facade was salvaged!Report

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