eastern washington roadtrip #2. 400tx.

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Lind, Washington, has a population of 535. It has a market, a salon, and a gas station but no restaurants. It has a public park, but the restrooms are locked. Earlier this year, a fire destroyed 10 homes, and now a water shortage is forcing the mayor to institute rationing. The aquifers are depleting. Since the restrooms were locked, I went outside of town to take care of business. As I parked, two city vehicles pulled up and asked what I was doing. I told them about the restrooms, and they said vandalism was the problem. They informed me that I was parked near one of the city’s wells. I looked over at the well and noticed it looked new. I asked about it… “We replaced it recently; it has also been a target of vandalism.”

We were nicely escorted off the site. In talking to the city employees and a few townspeople, discontent permeates the town. This could describe what has been happening to small cities in America for decades. Economics makes these places challenging to survive in. (https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2022/sep/29/mayor-of-lind-in-adams-county-declines-to-resign-a/)

These images were created with the Pentax 645. The film was developed in HC-110(B) for 4 minutes @20C.

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