For my block view I chose to observe a portion of South Cedar Street. I sat in the Lowes parking lot close to the road 5pm on a weekday. The traffic is constant. Down the street are entrance and exit ramps so many people are getting home from work. There are quite a few rusted out cars that pass by me.
The Lowes property is the largest building and lot in the vicinity. It is also the most crowded lot by far with at least fifty cars. There are little islands of trees in the parking lot and the front is landscaped with mulch and bushes. To the left of me is a speedway with a constant barrage of people waiting to fill up their gas tank. Some of them are wearing suits or business casual, most likely just getting out of work, while others wear shorts and short sleeved shorts. Passed the Speedway is a Flapjack. In the hour I sat there, I only saw three cars enter the lot and park. Some of the lights on the sign are burnt out and the paint is started to chip off in places. To my right is a foreclosed Pancheros. The windows and door are boarded up with a for sale sign in front. Across from the Pancheros is a tiny but brightly decorated Aldacos serving cheap and greasy tacos. There is another Speedway beside the Aldaco, almost across from me. It is just as busy as the Speedway to my left. It looks as if people pick which gas station is more convenient to them, going to the one they can turn right into versus waiting to dart across traffic.
A strip mall is directly opposite to me. Two of the businesses there are empty and currently for lease. On shop is a Farmer’s Insurance and another is a Cash Depot. By the strip mall is a Clauseway Hotel. There are cars parked around the hotel and multiple cars pulled up to the overhang to unload their baggage. There is a bus stop by the Flapjack. The Cata bus station is a popular means of transportation around here. An old lady in an ankle length dress and scarf was carrying her groceries as she waited. A man standing there had a garbage bag full of bottles and cans. His clothing was very worn with holes and tears in it. Two Lowes employees or customers walk out to the bus stop as well.
A man stands in front of the Pancheros panhandling. He has an iphone and a dog with him. There is a bridge to the right of him and near the top of the underside of the bridge are what appear to be blankets. The foreclosure, lease signs, and panhandling lead me to believe that the area is not well off and has been hit hard by the economy. The Cash Depot could be a means of money for any theft going on in the area.