A teenage boy is crouched
with his back up against the bricks. He’s wearing beat-up skate shoes
and reading one of the free weekend papers. Seated a few feet away, sipping
coffee and tea and eating tuna salad, are two men with briefcases. A man in
patched clothes walks past with his dog in tow and two red sleeping bags under
A girl with her hair in three tight braids puts outfits together for the store window display. People in business suits wearing backpacks, a young man carrying paintbrushes in his breast pocket, and a few teenagers dressed in black shirts with pins in their faces, playing with a yoyo—it’s people-watching on Mill Avenue.
Whether it’s the legendary New Year’s Eve block party or a Thursday morning in November, the people are what breathe life into the downtown area.
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