Today's terror attack in Stockholm at Åhlens Dept. Store - thoughts, observations and reflections; #openstockholm
JUST NU: Enligt flera källor till Aftonbladet har flera personer dött efter attack i centrala Stockholm https://t.co/YT8WPAPMSH pic.twitter.com/HpWYOgsXRb— Aftonbladet (@Aftonbladet) April 7, 2017
NEW FOOTAGE |— Vocal Europe (@thevocaleurope) April 7, 2017
The moment terror attack happened with truck driving into crowd in #Stockholm.
The Åhlens Dept. Store on Drottninggatan in Stockholm is easily one of the largest and busiest retail stores in Sweden -and northern Europe- and is located in what they call their Åhlens City location. It's a two city blocks-long store on the city's most famous street for consumer retail shopping that is, literally, a city in itself. Not unlike the nearby and perhaps better-known internationallyretail magnet for upscale consumers, Nordiska Kompanaiet (NK) Department Store..
This store's size and its popularity with both locals and tourists alike is in large part because there are so many large downtown office buildings nearby -large for Stockholm that is- as well as its proximity to many of the city's huge and very busy main train station,
And, because it's just one block west of the always-busy multi-use Sergels Torg plaza and govt. buildings that are so beloved by residents and tourists, especially me. It's an area where there is constant activity, no matter the time of day.
Above, ground level, looking northeast towards the Sergels Torg obelisk and Sergelfontänen, the fountain, which in the winter becomes the scene of large lighted reindeer, sans red noses. Behind that, across the street on Sveavägen, is the large SEB building, HQ for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, the bank I frequently used for my 2013 trip, inc. their branch at Arlanda upon arrival and departure.
Very friendly and professional people, unlike most banks in South Florida.
Above, looking east towards that same scene but from farther west on the plaza. In the far right, you can see the iconic revolving 22-foot neon, circular Nordiska Kompanaiet (NK)
Department Store sign not too far away over on Hamngatan, which is green on one side and red on the other at night, with a clock.
It's not only an iconic symbol in the area, but a beacon for those for whom the chic and fashionable life that exists in Stockholm is the only way to go.
The plaza is only one of my favorite places in all of Sweden and anywhere actually. I literally spent HOURS standing and walking around it and the adjoining areas in January's cold, marveling at it all -the perfect public square.
A nexus of high-minded culture, social policy, pop culture, amazing retail shopping, very serious people-watching and the ease of well-located public transportation hubs that make everything seem more intimate and possible.
Wish we had something like this in South Florida.
Polisen söker kontakt med personen på bilden. Ring 114 14. pic.twitter.com/81eivQKXr6— Krisinformation.se (@krisinformation) April 7, 2017
Säkerhetspolisen arbetar intensivt med underrättelsearbete för att hitta de som ligger bakom #stockholmattack https://t.co/YbaOEjBJNr— Säkerhetspolisen (@SAPOsverige) April 7, 2017
Tack @polisen_riks och @SAPOsverige för er operativa insats och trygghetsskapande åtgärder under denna svåra tid— Magnus Ranstorp (@MagnusRanstorp) April 7, 2017
No "religion" justifies murder of innocent people. We live TOGETHER on this earth and hate NEVER wins. Take care and unite! 🌍 #openstockholm pic.twitter.com/U7QWSpkdyl— bjornpilot (@bjornpilot) April 7, 2017
— StockholmDirekt (@StockholmDirekt) April 7, 2017
Lokaler för dig som fastnat i stan: Kammakargatan 30— Karin Wanngård (@KWanngrd) April 7, 2017
Observatorielundens skola, Norrtullsgatan
Göta Ark, Medborgarplatsen
Tusentals stockholmare på väg hem genom en öde stad @StockholmDirekt https://t.co/GeUh1GitlK pic.twitter.com/CKD79xdSzh— StockholmDirekt (@StockholmDirekt) April 7, 2017
— Anna König Jerlmyr (@akjerlmyr) April 7, 2017
Mattias Pehrsson (@masse): ”När polisen är rädd då blir man rädd på riktigt” https://t.co/0d34f7zQcb pic.twitter.com/cJULBzS21B— Sydsvenskan (@sydsvenskan) April 7, 2017
Mattias Pehrsson (@masse ): "When the police are scared then you get scared for real
Det är omöjligt att blogga som tänkt denna sorgens dag. https://t.co/0tZm4WUork pic.twitter.com/u36giLzi4l— Lars Epstein (@LarsEpstein) April 7, 2017
Läs SANNA RAYMANS vackra text om terrorns Stockholm - och om stockholmarnas ömhet mot varandra. https://t.co/AJxG4VKKYF @sannarayman pic.twitter.com/9xfiTBusjk— Expressen Ledare (@ExpressenLedare) April 7, 2017
Sanna Rayman, above, never disappoints!
Soon enough, the cynicismThe phones ping and vibrate. "Are you okay?" "Are you?" "But on the job." Hearts, hearts, hearts. Soreness bubbling up, manifesting as fluid in the eye and emotikons on screens, offers a ride and overnight.
What we love each other, anyway. Soon enough we arrive at the cynicism, quarrels, accusations. Against the media, the police, the politicians. Sometimes legitimate argument, so often exaggerated or exploited. In all this hideous, hide these feelings in the heart, and let them remain as a keynote. Forget them. Even the one you are angry tomorrow, are you prepared to offer sleeping and help today. We stuck together, everyone. Let's try to remember that even when disagreements come. Ok? <3 nbsp="" strong="">3>
Several dead after truck plows into crowd in Stockholm in what authorities treat as terror attack https://t.co/Dlz6lrmRku— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) April 7, 2017
Tunnelbanetrafiken på gröna linjen är nu igång igen! Inga stopp i city och oregelbunden. pic.twitter.com/tVHGS6nFon— StockholmDirekt (@StockholmDirekt) April 7, 2017
För bekräftad och uppdaterad information om händelsen i Stockholm city, besök https://t.co/DO0KboOMTG och följ @krisinformation.— Stockholms stad (@Stockholmsstad) April 7, 2017
Observations and reflections on today's terror attack in #Stockholm at #Åhlens Dept. Store. 🇸🇪 #openstockholm #STHLMhttps://t.co/fvPsIebJYs pic.twitter.com/T1G3juPXtX— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) April 7, 2017