Empty Seattle

It is a very strange time. Here in Washington we are just taking the first steps toward reopening things with several counties already entering phase two of the reopening plan. Current estimates put phase three toward the end of June and phase four in mid-July. Those dates are, of course, subject to change.

I have found it to be particularly odd, because, previous to all this, I spent a lot of time out and about in the city. But over the past (almost) three months, my travel has pretty much been limited to the office, the grocery store, the gas station, and the occasional drive through taco treat.

This past weekend I had to run an errand and on the way home took the slow road through downtown to see what all of this looks like. I had mounted a tripod in the car and let a camera roll as I drove around the city. The shot you see above is a frame from that video. It’s an intersection between a hotel and a movie theater in the middle of downtown in the middle of a beautiful spring day. And there is nobody around.

Over the course of my circuitous commute I only saw a tiny fraction of the people you would expect to see in the city. It was weird. But, I suppose, ultimately a good thing. Everyone is taking this seriously, which is the shortest path to moving past it.

Have a great weekend!

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