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Exploring Atlanta: November 2022

Connecting you with Atlanta's past, present & future

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In addition to the introduction, this podcast has four (4) separate audio clips; one for each section below…

Exploring Atlanta by ATLsherpa is a podcast & newsletter for people who are interested in Atlanta and want to experience the city more fully. My mission is to help you connect with Atlanta’s past, present, and future. You will find a treasure trove of educational content, maps, videos and more at

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In addition to the introduction, this podcast has four (4) separate audio clips; one for each section below…
  • PAST: Let’s forget about the future and get on with the past

  • PRESENT: Welcome to the Twilight Zone

  • FUTURE: There’s a scenario for that

  • EXPLORE: Put this outdoor adventure on your bucket list!

Let’s forget about the future and get on with the past


It's just too hard thinking about the future
So let's just get on with the past


Atlanta: A National Register Travel Itinerary (Introduction)

Atlanta began as the terminal point of the Western and Atlantic Railroad, a project authorized by the State of Georgia in 1836. Originally known as Terminus, and later Marthasville, by the Civil War Atlanta was a bustling city. Crippled by the burning of the city during the war, Atlanta rebounded during the last part of the century. Today it is home to more than 4 million people and is considered the entertainment and cultural center of the South, attracting more than 17 million travelers each year. This latest National Register of Historic Places travel itinerary highlights 70 historic places that tell the story of this capital city--from its picturesque homes to its reaching skyscrapers--tales of former slaves, educators, authors, and millionaires who have shaped the development of Atlanta over the past two centuries.

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Welcome to the Twilight Zone


There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Rod Serling & The Twilight Zone

Rodman Edward Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator/on-screen host, best known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his anthology television series, The Twilight Zone. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, absurdism, dystopian fiction, suspense, horror, supernatural drama, black comedy, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The first series, shot entirely in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.

In the latest episode of the Atlanta Real Estate Report podcast, I share some charts and thoughts about the extraordinary nature of the times we are living in right now…

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Interest rates are rising FASTER than at any other time in U.S. history (click on image)

“Let every man, every corporation, and especially every village, town, and city, every country and state, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times.” — Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th POTUS (July 13, 1879)

Total Public Debt as Percent of Gross Domestic Product
According to the Federal Reserve (Fed), U.S. consumer debt is approaching a record-breaking $16 trillion. Critically, the rate of increase in consumer debt for the fourth quarter of 2021 was also the highest seen since 2007.
Since COVID-19 started its spread around the world in 2020, the global economy has been put to the test with supply chain disruptions, price volatility for commodities, challenges in the job market, and declining income from tourism. The World Bank has estimated that almost 97 million people have been pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic. In order to help with this difficult situation, global governments have had to increase their expenditures to deal with higher healthcare costs, unemployment, food insecurity, and to help businesses to survive. Countries have taken on new debt to provide financial support for these measures, which has resulted in the highest global debt levels in half a century.

“My colleagues and I are strongly committed to bringing inflation back down to our 2-percent goal. We have both the tools that we need and the resolve it will take to restore price stability on behalf of American families and businesses. Price stability is the responsibility of the Federal Reserve and serves as the bedrock of our economy. Without price stability, the economy does not work for anyone. In particular, without price stability we will not achieve a sustained period of strong labor market conditions that benefit all.”

Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve, 11.02.22

There’s a scenario for that


Scenarios are compelling descriptions of possible futures — not necessarily the most probable ones, but plausible, coherent and substantially different ones. The pandemic showed how critical it is to prepare for even the most unlikely scenarios, but functional leaders don’t always have first-hand experience with the scenario-planning process. Yet we all need it. — What Functional Leaders Should Know About Scenario Planning, Gartner

Roubini is one of few economists who predicted the housing bubble crash of 2007–2008. He warned about the crisis in an IMF position paper in 2006. Roubini's predictions have earned him the nicknames "Dr. Doom" and "permabear" in the media.
The famous economist and author of the new book "MegaThreats: Ten Dangerous Trends That Imperil Our Future, And How to Survive Them." He believes that due to a rolling series of supply shocks, some of which are still unfolding, we'll have a severe downturn before we get relief from inflation. Unlike the 1970s he says, high levels of private sector debt will make it harder to fight higher prices, and that central banks will reverse course as things start to break in financial markets.

EXPLORE: Put this outdoor adventure on your bucket list!


Archaeoastronomy is the discipline that studies how people in the past have understood or tried to explain the phenomena they saw in the night sky…

The “Starbase” monument at Len Foote Hike Inn, which is based on a Celtic tomb, marks seasonal variations in the sunrise. On the spring and fall equinox, the sun shines through the hole at the top of the monument and projects into the “tomb” behind it.

This video will give you a good idea of what the Hike Inn Trail is like…

In 2018, the Dahlonega Plateau in northern Georgia was recognized as a viticultural area, which means its unique soil quality, sun exposure, and climate make it extra special for growing wine.

An American Viticultural Area, or AVA, is a specific type of appellation of origin used on wine labels. An AVA is a delimited grape-growing region with specific geographic or climatic features that distinguish it from the surrounding regions and affect how grapes are grown. Source: United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

View from the lower deck at Wolf Mountain Winery & Vineyards in the Dahlonega Plateau. Photo by ATLsherpa (Oct 2022)
View from the patio of Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, GA. Photo by ATLsherpa (Sept 2022)