Tim Kiser's photos with the Fourth Street

Things in good gray colors.

Things in good gray colors.
This, the "Raines Building," was built in 1893, but is the curved awning from 1893 too? And if not then what year is it from?

I shouldn't have had to stand here wondering. The answer to my question ought to have been readily available as soon as the ques…
Added on September 16, 2016

"Ohhhhh the Wendy's is ELEGANT because it doesn't have garish signage," I bellowed loudly like a street preacher in mockery of this.

"Ohhhhh the Wendy's is ELEGANT because it doesn't have garish signage," I bellowed loudly like a street preacher in mockery of this.
"Ohhh and the city is elegant too," I hissed.

"And the architectural integrity of the parking ramp is preserved," I spat, waving my hands in the air, "by denying the Wendy's its usual signage."

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In downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, on D…
Added on February  3, 2016

Proof that SPLASHES OF ORANGE HERE AND THERE AT STREETLEVEL are aesthetic improvements to the streetscape at 4th & Folsom in SF.

Proof that SPLASHES OF ORANGE HERE AND THERE AT STREETLEVEL are aesthetic improvements to the streetscape at 4th & Folsom in SF.
Blur your vision and set aside your upset that the road is torn up, and agree with me that the streetscene will be more boring and less fun to look at after the orange plastic is taken away.

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In downtown San Francisco on June 29th…
Added on November 12, 2015

An assisted living facility!

An assisted living facility!
It was the "Harrington Hotel" for 90 years following its erection in 1896, and presently it is "The Harrington Inn: Living With Assistance."

According to its historic marker, the bldg exhibits "a unique blend of Romanesque, Classical and Queen Anne archi…
Added on August 10, 2015

Oldtime downhome "MOUNTAIN INTERSECTION" of Appalachian Mountains.

Oldtime downhome "MOUNTAIN INTERSECTION" of Appalachian Mountains.
With comfortably expansive foreground spread of pavement to sprawl out into.

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In downtown Big Stone Gap, Virginia, on December 29th, 2013, at the southeast corner of Wood Avenue East and East 4th Street South.

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Added on July  2, 2015

Very VERY nice pile of mulch.

Very VERY nice pile of mulch.
Oh, man. Imagine getting one of these trucked to your property and dumped there.

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In downtown Marietta, Ohio, on June 4th, 2011, off the northwest corner of 4th Street and Church Street.

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Library of Congre…
Added on June  8, 2015

Enjoyment of shadows cast by utility poles onto walls of paint peeling from bricks.

Enjoyment of shadows cast by utility poles onto walls of paint peeling from bricks.
ARE WE NOT HUGE aesthetes for situations like these!

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In downtown Bay City, Michigan, on May 25th, 2013, on the north side of 4th Street between Saginaw Street and Water Street.

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Library of Congress classi…
Added on April 20, 2015

Baton Rouge idea of urbanity.

Baton Rouge idea of urbanity.
It was a sunny evening but there wasn't anybody around, so maybe people dislike this?

Clearly some effort got put into building this area and installing these ornamental trees, but it might not have been worth it?

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In downtown Ba…
Added on September 25, 2014

Movement toward "In Style" storefront security grille during roadwork.

Movement toward "In Style" storefront security grille during roadwork.
"WHAT GETS SOLD IN THAT," I bellowed to the empty street as I pointed at the shop.

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In downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on March 6th, 2014, a storefront on the west side of South 4th Street, south of Guthrie Street.

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Added on August  1, 2014

Resemblance of these to a pallet of large gray macaroni.

Resemblance of these to a pallet of large gray macaroni.
"That's a nice building back there, designed by a thoughtful architect commissioned by an admirable corporation," I said.

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In downtown Louisville, Kentucky, on March 1st, 2014, on the west side of South 4th Street, south of Guthri…
Added on August 21, 2014

Tickles and Score, two downtown Minneapolis attractions.

Tickles and Score, two downtown Minneapolis attractions.
Conveniently adjacent, and their awnings are visually complementary.

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In downtown Minneapolis on April 30th, 2012, on the north side of South 4th Street, east of 5th Avenue South.

(Tickles and Score were a jointly operated gay pi…
Added on February 16, 2014

1961, plus some other year.

1961, plus some other year.
Put a year on the Kinder Care plastic awning too!, or at least an estimated range of years. Instead of presumptuously deciding for us which time periods we're supposed to be interested in learning the history of.

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In downtown St.…
Added on September 28, 2013

Oh come now don't be silly you silly old dumpster.

Oh come now don't be silly you silly old dumpster.
Portsmouth Ohio!

Did a smalltown ca.-2010s Ohioan youth get bored with his marijuana & videogames for a few minutes!, I guess he did. I got headshakingly embarrassed when I saw it and I tsked aloud.

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In downtown Portsmouth,…
Added on January  9, 2011

Wild old building.

Wild old building.
It is very prominently situated downtown. It is long!

It is kind of how I imagined Noah's Ark looked when I was a kid. I know that is weird, but it is not as weird as this building looks, nor as weird as my childhood Sunday School was.

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Added on August 11, 2012

This one's called "Almost a Corner."

This one's called "Almost a Corner."
It was very quiet here at this parcel, like for Meditating. I think you're supposed walk out into the mowed area.

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In downtown Wytheville, Virginia, on June 2nd, 2011, along the east side of North 4th Street (U.S. Route 21), nort…
Added on July  7, 2012

If you know anything about music boxes and expresses, you already know exactly what it means to board and ride a "music box express."

If you know anything about music boxes and expresses, you already know exactly what it means to board and ride a "music box express."
It can't have been easy to have attached that looong awning to that brick wall. And dang that lettering's sure narrowly squished, ay?

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In downtown Ironton, Ohio, on January 2nd, 2011, at the northeast corner of North 4th Street a…
Added on May 13, 2012

If the City of Beloit hasn't designated this sandbar as a Fluvial Geomorphology Outdoor Classroom, then who the hell's in charge of that miserable city anyhow.

If the City of Beloit hasn't designated this sandbar as a Fluvial Geomorphology Outdoor Classroom, then who the hell's in charge of that miserable city anyhow.
Gravel are the babyteeth of a river's living selfhood.

For a river to deposit buildups locally along its course -- vs hoarding up all its stuff and uselessly offering everything to the vast obliviousness of the Ocean Sea -- is not a gift that any fool…
Added on December  5, 2011

Famous and beloved "United Crushers" message of old old old Archer Daniels Midland elevator.

Famous and beloved "United Crushers" message of old old old Archer Daniels Midland elevator.
Ha ha I think "Minnehaha Towing" looks like maybe it kind of likes the "United Crushers"!

Minnehaha Towing wishes it knew more about the United Crushers, it gazes up curiously and admiringly to the top of the silo.

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In southeas…
Added on July 23, 2011