Portland solitude

Photo First: Running on Empty

As the pandemic turns Portland's center into a ghost town, a paean to the rhythm that has always given the city streets a time of solitude


TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY K.B. DIXON


The governor’s stay-at-home order has recently emptied the streets of Portland, but this sort of vacancy is not something new. The streets have been emptied before—not in response to a national emergency, but as part of the city’s circadian rhythm, the natural ebb and flow of its normally industrious population. Momentarily abandoned, perhaps, but not forsaken. By turns eerie, mysterious, ominous, and beautiful.

2018

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