Let's Do This

July 23, 2019  •  3 Comments

Let's Do ThisLet's Do ThisSan Diego, California
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.  


Comments

Earl(non-registered)
Joe, I was first intrigued by the bucket "Let's DO this," bright orange and a Home Depot bucket. This bucket looks particularly used to the point a part of the top rim has been worn or broken away. Consider your interesting back story on the location where this photo was made and the run-down look of the door and building behind the bucket I think the story communicated to me is it's been done...it's over. A project of days past.

I enjoy photos which let my mind and imagination run free and this one qualifies. I hope you got some sleep after sharing this!
Jerry Foodman(non-registered)
That is a striking photo. Colors are great; intense yet contrasting with each other, and with the drabness of the subject.
Peter Tellone(non-registered)
Great Photo, Stupidest Mall ever. It's weird, for a downtown, there is zero good shopping in it. bUt then San Diego really mostly is suburbia
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