Near-empty side street

I don’t know why I shot this, and I’m trying to figure out what I like about it. Somebody took the time to do a crafty paint job on those garages, but since then it looks like they’ve been left for dead. The whole block is similar in nature – nice buildings, no life. I was happy a pedestrian walked by in order to avoid it coming across completely desolate and decided to leave it opened up to the city on the right. There are a lot of little side streets in Chicago that come off like completely different places from the big city around them. This is one of them. Some people will tell you that Milwaukee Avenue is not a side street, but this disconnected one-block section can only be described as such.
Near-empty side street
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