Let's Do This
Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA
Woke from a fitful sleep last night thinking about this photo. No conceivable reason for that, it's not a photo I've ever published before, nor do I have any emotional tie to it. Something subconscious maybe. But, I thought that since it kept me awake from 2-3am I'd explore it here.
It's a metaphor for sure; taken at Horton Plaza, a once-upon-a-time shining star of San Diego's downtown architecture, now just a white elephant. When shiny and new it was a fun and cheery place to take visitors. The open-air, Escher-like maze of stairways, corridors and archways created a Wonderland painted with hues and colors ranging across the spectrum. Yet, it was never a mall that was easy to navigate; attempts to get to a store that you can see a level or two above but just can't decode the route to reach it were almost comical. Well, a fun laugh the first time or two, but frustrating for regulars.
The suburbs have built their own Wondermalls draining customers from the city so this downtown gem has met its unfortunate end. Now, over half its stores have closed, ghosts wander about, and Homer buckets lie abandoned on wet sidewalks.