here, mothers are

here, mothers are — passersby

While spending time in the installation space, we’ve had a chance to notice and interact with passersby. A handful of foot traffic:

• With a spongebob backpack, a young man runs down the alley, late for school — in the afternoon, his walk back up the alley was much more leisurely

• A guy who knew a few jokes, as well as the former owner of the house where we’re  installing

• Twins in matching bright purple striped shirt and blue hats, out for a walk with their mother and grandmother

• All talking on their phones while walking together, a group of young women that all talks as loudly with their hands as they do with whoever’s on the other line

• Wearing a tweed jacket, an older gentleman biking by on an old blue Schwinn

• The formerly mysterious guy who’s responsible for the Swisher Sweets wrappers around the lot — turns out it’s the same guy who parks in the Toyota Supra, listening to music

• A group of young men on the opposite side of the street — one yells across, “What kind of house is that?” We respond, “It’s a foreclosure, owned by the city.” He nods. “What are those pictures on the windows?” We think for a second about the most appropriate explanation to yell across Locust Street, “Art.” He pauses to think. “Cool.” The group keeps walking.

• Holding her handlebars and walking a dog, a grandfather teaching his granddaughter how to ride a bike.

• A teenage neighbor that spent some time talking to us while neglecting to clean his room — after a few minutes, his father came outside to remind him of his responsibility.

• “Are those for sale?” Question from a woman walking by.

• For a dozen minutes before and after 3pm, there are a ton of loud, yellow school buses on Locust Street.

This list will grow as we make more observations and have more interactions in the space.

This entry was written by Adam Carr and published on April 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm. It’s filed under neighborhood. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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