Burritos at the Little Ranch

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I’ve never eaten here, but it looks like the sort of place that has really good burritos. And also the outdoor seating is quite nice.

But the best part is the way the paint has faded on the plywood sign, revealing the wood grain underneath.

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.31.2016

Mattress Alley

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The alley side of the mattress store seems to be the place where excess inventory is stored. That seems a little odd to me, but the store’s be in business for a while, so who am I to question what’s working?

Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.31.2016

The Interim Fence

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It’s easy to fall into the rhythm of the straight roads on the Plains. Fences flash by, post-wire-post-wire-post, in the endless pattern of ranch land.

Until the rhythm is broken by a flash that’s not quite right in a way that makes a photographer seek a place to turn around.

FM 7300
Lubbock County, Texas
photographed 1.31.2016

By dusk’s pastel light

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You know how sometimes the best part of the sunset isn’t on the western sky? This view, looking southeast, shows an abandoned drive-in – and an interesting fence – lit in the glow of the pink light from a waning day.

Slaton, Texas
photographed 1.23.2016

The Hurt

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After Hurricane Katrina, a lot of money went to rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, but the paths weren’t always easy to travel. New Orleans has always been a city built upon strong neighborhoods, each one distinct in important ways from all the others. This helps to make a vibrant city, to be sure, but it also makes large-scale redevelopment more complicated

The decisions that led to the closing of Charity Hospital, and the construction of a huge new medical complex in the Mid-City neighborhood was hugely unpopular with the residents, most of whom had been displaced by the storm and would be once again displaced by the construction project. You can read more about it here, but the short version is the phrase “closed-door decision to bulldoze a 25 block residential and business neighborhood” for the new facilities. Construction was delayed while that was worked out, mostly (from what I saw) in favor of the new hospitals.

There are a few of the old places still standing, including this one. I guess when you’re about the last one left, you may as well paint a sign on your roof, right?

New Orleans, Louisiana
photographed 1.8.2016

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