RNC Day 1 Photostream Part 1

First day in Cleveland, a lonely, noir-ish town in bright Summer sunshine. A lonely, noir-ish town temporarily full of watchful cops and giddy Republicans. I was struck by the light and the emptiness here; I'd never seen a big city with so few residents, with such an eerie silence to it. I saw it downtown, and I saw it in the city's Chinatown. Of course, Detroit and other rust belt cities have experienced the same harsh downsizing, but there is a sadness to Cleveland that won't quit.

 Airport schwag. Not union made.

Airport schwag. Not union made.

 Airport train station. Republican delegates do not ride the subway.

Airport train station. Republican delegates do not ride the subway.

 Rolling in to fortress Cleveland and the Quicken Loans Arena.

Rolling in to fortress Cleveland and the Quicken Loans Arena.

 Fortress Cleveland - Indiana State Police at Tower City Center.

Fortress Cleveland - Indiana State Police at Tower City Center.

 A protest march through Chinatown following a performance by Chuck D and Prophets of Rage.

A protest march through Chinatown following a performance by Chuck D and Prophets of Rage.

 Superior Avenue, Chinatown, Dead empty at 3PM, still waiting for the recovery.

Superior Avenue, Chinatown, Dead empty at 3PM, still waiting for the recovery.

 Cleveland PD in their new District 9-looking drag.

Cleveland PD in their new District 9-looking drag.

 Believe in Ohio, believe in Dahntay.

Believe in Ohio, believe in Dahntay.

 But don't believe the liberal media.

But don't believe the liberal media.

 A city of walls and barricades.

A city of walls and barricades.

 Chinatown.

Chinatown.