The tourists probably don’t notice, but I was just in town the other day, and I did: a few more empty storefronts, missing galleries, easy parking in the downtown lot… The building in the background is also vacant—it used to be a gallery—and there are two more former galleries for rent beside it where you can’t see. This is right in the middle of town, just off the plaza. There’s an empty former restaurant back in there, too, that used to be our favorite. It’s been shut for quite a while, though. Nothing catastrophic, I guess.
I walked around a bit. Nobody was there. Went into a big bookstore. Nobody at all. Scouted out the Plaza. Almost nobody there. Okay, 2:00 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, but still. What’s supposed to happen to fill the galleries and shops again, never mind go set up new ones? Y’all just show up each year like wildebeests, or what??