Granted, the above video has been online for several years; still, it’s worth a watch in the wake of those other recent discoveries. Uploaded by YouTube user Chip Woods in 2006 and titled “Driving Through Athens – 1991,” the clip is, for the first couple minutes, exactly what the title suggests.
But then it shifts gears, and there’s something about the overwhelming silence, coupled with the bird’s eye view of a downtown street, the impossibly ’90s parking-deck graffiti (sample: “YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS!”) and the competing realization that wow, nothing really ever changes—it makes it all feel more poignant than maybe it ought to.
Plus: Vernon Thornsberry, captured from above.
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