streetscape

That Time of Year

10 Apr 2014
Posted by Ellen

By eleven o'clock on a Friday night, the streets of downtown Bessemer, Alabama, are empty, and the town looks dead. Even the Bright Star Restaurant is closed for the night.

The only thing open, it seems, at least on this block of 19th Street in Bessemer, is the office of Liberty Tax preparers. Wonder why the folks in there are burning the midnight oil?

Nearing LAMB

23 Mar 2014
Posted by Ellen

It's been the proverbial March so far, but we must be up around LANE if not even LAME by now.

     LION

     LOON

     LORN

     LORE

     LONE

     LANE

     LAME

     LAMB

The Monks in Mandalay

21 Mar 2014
Posted by Ellen

After more than fifteen years of imprisonment and house arrest, Myanmar's renowned democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi was released by military authorities in time to participate in the 2012 parliamentary elections. Huge crowds, including these Buddhist monks in Mandalay, the country's second largest city, gathered to support Suu Kyi and her fellow candidates from the National League for Democracy, which won 43 of 45 contested seats and chose Suu Kyi as official leader of the opposition.

Monks had long been active in the struggle against Myanmar's military regime; many had been shot for pro-democracy activities. Suu Kyi's release from detention signaled a new stage in the country's political development, which was celebrated enthusiastically.

Even today, civil liberties are still tightly restricted in Myanmar and the military has loosened its grasp only incrementally.

But shortly after the 2012 election, Suu Kyi was finally able to travel to Stockholm, where she accepted the Nobel Peace Prize that she had been awarded in absentia twenty years earlier.

The Pope of Broadway

20 Mar 2014
Posted by Ellen

The late actor Anthony Quinn does his thing on the wall of Victor Clothing Company.

His thing, of course, was, and is here, and always will be that thing that Zorba did. But artist Eloy Torrez, who painted this mural in 1984, titled the work "The Pope of Broadway" because . . .  because . . .

Well, Quinn did once play an exiled Russian bishop who became pope, in Shoes of the Fisherman. And the mural is located at 220 S. Broadway in Los Angeles. But really.

Green Run

17 Mar 2014
Posted by Ellen

The Hash House Harriers in Philadelphia celebrate St. Patrick's Day pretty much like everybody else. This photo was from 2009, but nothing's changed.

Tow Away Zone

28 Feb 2014
Posted by Ellen

Isaiah Zagar's Magic Gardens in Philadelphia is a compound of galleries and courtyards devoted to Zagar's obsessive mosaicking of every square inch of everything.

Here on the outer side of the wall surrounding the place, we see a sign on a drainpipe that clarifies what's important to life outside the magic garden

Kater Street Curling

17 Feb 2014
Posted by Ellen

Marco's rock is right on track for the U.S. of A.

On the Waterfront

16 Jan 2014
Posted by Ellen

Public restroom on Queen's Wharf in Wellington, New Zealand.