Deserted, boarded up, fenced off: Washington is barely recognizable

Washington (AFP) – Walking through central Washington, it is difficult to distinguish between those buildings boarded up due to pandemic closures, and those boarded up due to riots. The capital of the United States is known for its grand vistas, historical monuments and crowds of tourists, but the city has radically changed in the last year. “This is my first time (in downtown Washington) in a year. There’s usually people walking all over the place. This is very, very quiet. I almost think it’s like a ghost of itself,” said Jaime, a mother from Maryland who did not wish to give her full name. …

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