Vacant Photo Essay by Meredith Holser

Normally busy, 15th Street in Plano, Texas, is quiet.

Richardson, Texas 04/28/2020. First Baptist Church of Hamilton Park faces an empty parking lot. Many churches in the area have stopped hosting regular church services due to restrictions onset by COVID-19. FBHP continues to worship online through livestreams and bible studies.

Dallas, Texas 04/28/2020. An outdoor sign at Lake Highlands YMCA is a message for passers-by. The facility's website announced the closure saying, “These are extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures... Take care of each other as we will get through this together.”

Dallas, Texas 04/28/2020. Rows of metal chairs and tables stack up beside the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas.

Plano, Texas, 03/31/2020. Empty school buses remain parked at the Plano Independent School District Transportation Services facility. Plano school instruction transitioned to online class meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving busses idle.

McKinney, Texas 05/02/2020. Chairs are unused at The Pub in downtown McKinney. Usually a lively meeting house, the venue is closed for now, offering a temporary to-go menu for local patrons.

McKinney, Texas 05/02/2020. A mural conjures livelier times on Louisiana Street in downtown McKinney.
McKinney, Texas 05/02/2020. Two benches sit empty alongside North Tennessee Street in downtown McKinney. Although some businesses opened when Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted restrictions on May 1, many areas of downtown saw little or no traffic that day.
Plano, Texas 03/31/2020. John Clark Stadium faces a nearly empty parking lot in Plano.

Dallas, Texas 04/28/2020. A bike rack stands empty while the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas takes an ‘intermission". While performances have been halted for now, the center continues to offer entertainment to audiences through online tours and recordings.

Plano, Texas 03/31/2020. A sign reading "we're all in this together” faces 15th Street in downtown Plano. In an area that thrives off businesses, many shops in the area remain closed until further notice in wake of COVID-19.