30 December 2007

Walk of shame

I took a walk through downtown Seattle last week and was struck by the number of luxury building projects - almost one on every block, it seems, in a city/county where over 2,000 people survive each night without basic housing or shelter (source: Seattle/King County Coalition for the Homeless). I took pictures of just six of these luxury building projects. At two moments during my walk, however, I was also confronted with explicit reminders of the appalling shame of it all - homeless people existing in the shadow of these mindless monuments to excess and greed. Although the pictures pretty much speak for themselves, I thought I'd amplify the twisted marketing a little by finishing with two background close-ups from these two scenes.

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