This image looks to be taken from the apartment tower at Union and Winter looking east-ish, with a little bias to the southeast. You can see the Barbara Roberts Human Services building and the Fortress of Revenue.Blue moon over Salem pic.twitter.com/oUROT5RRCm— David Davis (@DavidDavisSJ) August 1, 2015
There's also the large parking lot. (Where right now is the Saturday Market!)
The image was taken shortly after moonrise, so let's call it about 9pm.
That's 9pm on a Friday, mid-summer night with a glorious full moon, when the temperatures finally have started to fall, and people might venture out to enjoy the evening.
But nope. Complete, utter desolate nothingness. Not a person to be seen. The parking lot's empty, the government buildings have no activity - except perhaps janitorial services. Maybe there's some activity on the sidewalks off the edges of the image, but that doesn't seem likely.
These are blocks in the heart of Salem, immediately adjacent to downtown proper, and they are a total void.
We should see or be able to see some people strolling, lovers canoodling, kids frolicking in the twilight!
Our mania for parking and parking lots and our commitment to single-use buildings carefully separated from residential districts together ensure the deadness.
|Look at all the highway and empty parking lots here|