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I moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the summer of 2020. It’s an interesting little town. The people are friendly, and the lifestyle is laid back. It may be the second largest city in New Mexico, but the population is well under one million.
Downtown Las Cruces, such as it is, is quite different than most downtowns. It’s not a central business district. Instead it’s a collection of locally owned shops, hair salons and restaurants. It reminds me of Mill Avenue, in downtown Tempe, Arizona.
I started a photo series of downtown Las Cruces in the fall of 2020, and it’s an ongoing project. So far I’ve down two shoots, and while the architecture is beautiful, there is also an eerie feeling, as well as an aura of sadness. Many of the businesses were closed, due to Covid lockdowns, and some have since shut down for good. Such are the times we live in.