Originally Posted by Kingofthehill
Bleak. Also, while I am not sure if you had a specific theme in mind, I find it both interesting and curious how your grit and ghetto-based photo threads of cities (namely STL and Philly, but really, any city apart from Oakland) sharply contrast with the inclusive, well-rounded tours of Oakland and its many neighborhoods, where it seemed as if you made a marked effort to document "nice" areas. Just an observation.
It's a little rough, but to be fair to the photographer the parts of the stable kempt southside aren't so quickly and easily accessible if you are coming by plane and taking the light rail to visit. It's still a rough and tumble industrial region, anyway.
The photographer did hit East St. Louis, it's made me want to photograph downtown East St. Louis, even though it makes me so sad. It used to be like New Orleans lite when my dad was young as far as what I feel is pretty damned high-brow music. There are still the all night low brow spots that I feel are as good or better than New Orleans, but it's an empty fun flesh thing.