My Encounter at Midtown Global Market


I had just arrived at the front of Midtown Global Market when a woman walked up to me and told me that she was two months pregnant, fleeing an abusive relationship, and because of her work, she had missed her bus, and would not be able to make the feeding at the shelter. I gave her some money, a hug, and some encouraging words, and she started crying. It was quite an experience. Geographically speaking, this led me to two conclusions: First, that the area around the exchange might be lower-income, and second, that the bus station right next to the exchange makes this area highly accessible to people of all socioeconomic classes. The monumental, art deco architecture of the building visible in this picture also made me consider the history and purpose of this building as a central node of commerce, travel, and social intermingling for the city.

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