‘View from Balcony of the SAAM, Washington, DC’
courtesy of ‘B Jones Jr’
DC often has a small town feel. You constantly run into friends and friends of friends while wandering around. And everyone seems to know everyone.
Once in a while, the city even looks like a small town. Look at this shot by Bill Jones. It’s taken from the commanding and beautiful Smithsonian American Art Museum building, looking down upon the Hotel Monaco and the Spy Museum. All of these, big buildings, big businesses. And yet. They aren’t tall buildings. They aren’t wide intersections.
This looks like it could be any small town in Colorado, or Pennsylvania. Replace the modern cars with horses, and it could be any town in the wild west. But it isn’t. It’s just another intersection in our town. Our small town.
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Have you ever lived in a small town? They still look nothing like this. A small city, maybe, but definitely not a small town.
I was actually just thinking how much this looked like the main street of the small town I grew up in, back when it had an economy. The Hotel Monaco kind of resembles the bank building, just on a larger scale.