Thursday, March 19, 2009

Where have all the people gone?

Went out today to get art for a story we are doing on Shreveport turning 170 years old. Got some shots of Texas Street downtown showing what it looked like back in the day and today. I was struck at how many people were walking the streets back then. There were even more cars on the street than today. I shot mine at 2pm Thursday. I wonder what time of day the others were done at. 8 AM? 5PM? In the two years I've lived here in Shreveport I have never seen that many people on Texas at one time.


blackink 3/19/2009 5:01 PM  

That's actually really cool.

The Oil Bust of the '80s really seemed to screw Shreveport in terms of population growth, particularly downtown.

Having lived there for a couple years, I never saw that many folks downtown before either.

Then again, around that time, Shreveport was a much smaller city in terms of area. Lots of those areas now thought of as south Shreveport and even out west weren't part of the city. So residents were probably more tightly concentrated near downtown.

Either way, nice pics.

Belle 3/20/2009 3:37 PM  

Yeah, cool pix. They made me think of school fire drills, with people spilling out of the buildings. One thought: could it be that back then there was not much air conditioning so people wanted to be outside to catch every breeze they could? Blackink's concentration of population theory seems better though.

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