Bring Your Own Phone

Consider the Featured Image as companion to the one shared on Sept. 13, 2021. The difference is the actual payphone in the other. Here you got an empty space and loads of graffiti. Welcome to North Park, where my wife and I visited on this sunny Sunday.

Not long before we passed the thing, while walking along University Ave., I snarked to Annie about how rundown is an area with reputation for being desirable and trendy. No doubt, some of the homeless camped out on the sidewalks feel that way. The place is relatively clean and spacious compared to the tent cities popping up around San Diego.

Taking a quick look at current, North Park residential rentals, affordability means paying $1,695 for a, uhm, spacious 400-square-foot studio. That’s an absolute bargain, by the way. Got money to burn in the fireplace? You can park your rump in a massive, 1,500-sq-ft, two-bedroom apartment for $5,495. If you think the folks camping out on sidewalks are worse off, think again. They’re saving beaucoup bucks on housing, which no reasonable wage-earner could afford anyways.

The black-and-white shot comes from Leica Q2 Monochrom and the color capture from iPhone 13 Pro. Vitals, aperture manually set: f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/800 sec, 28mm; 10:14 a.m. PST. The other: f/1.5, ISO 50, 1/2915 sec, 26mm; 10:14 a.m.