Atlanta at sundown: scenes from an empty city confronting a global pandemic
As Thursday evening rolled over into a pleasantly brisk spring night, a day after Fulton County residents had been ordered to stay home or risk facing $1,000 fines or jail, the blocks around Centennial Olympic Park weren’t just quiet for an urban environment—they were small-town quiet. Country-quiet, even. Totally, bizarrely, temporarily silent.
It couldn’t have been more evident that what a few weeks ago seemed an obscure threat on the other side of the world had brought a major American city, like so many others, to a virtual standstill.