Between the Atlanta tornado and the New York crane collapse, what a sad, surreal weekend…
Atlanta is picking up the pieces today… and the cleanup may continue for a while. If you were watching Friday night, you were with us as we all learned about the destruction in Atlanta. CNN Center took a hit, as did the neighborhood next to mine. I couldn’t stop looking at pictures online this weekend, and checking in with friends to make sure they were alright. There are some unbelievable shots at CNN.com, many taken by Atlanta residents.
Cabbagetown is just across the street from where I used to live. We would often walk over to 97 Estoria, a great bar/restaurant, with our neighbors and also to Carroll Street Café, one of our favorite breakfast spots. It’s about a block down from the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts. Those lofts are the ones you saw with the “pancaked” floors after the tornado passed through.
This is a great neighborhood.
There are some tiny, true “shotgun shacks” where mill workers once lived, and beautiful homes coming back to life with young couples and families. There are a number of artists and musicians here, and the creativity shows with murals and a great energy. There is a beautiful new park, and an annual chili fest. There are a few old timers left in Cabbagetown – not all of whom are happy about the development there, but they are part of what makes this such a wonderful, eclectic neighborhood.
There are several accounts of the neighborhood immediately coming together after the twister; a testament to “the old Cabbagetown” where people always looked after one another. I know the damage is bad in Atlanta, but I also know this city will rise again.
On to today… and a very interesting first-hand account out of Tibet. An American film crew there saw two sides of the region, and now one member of the crew is sharing his account. From a peaceful shoot inside a centuries-old monastery few have seen, to being locked in their hotel rooms, with no access to email, and where they had to get permission to leave that room just to use the bathroom. It puts a lot of what we’ve been hearing about the protests in Tibet in perspective, and makes it a little more real.
And I can't ignore the economy today. Most Americans see it as the biggest issue they face right now; nearly three-quarters of the country thinks we’re in a recession. I’m no economist, but that’s not good.
So, how did we get here? And is the recent bailout of Bear Stearns really the best way for the government to deal with our sinking financial situation? Or does the economy need to tank, so we can all realize we have to take care of ourselves? There’s no easy answer, but we’ll take a closer look at how we got into this mess tonight.
– Erica Hill, 360° Correspondent
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