An Eerie Emptiness By Alexandria Owens

Denton, Texas has become a ghostly town. Normally bustling with activity fueled by 45,000 students in two universities, Denton was stilled in March, 2020, when both universities shifted to emergency online operations. Non-essential activities throughout the city were prohibited soon after by government order. An eerie emptiness settled.

Marriot Springhill Suites.
Floor decals, at intervals of six feet or more, guide social distancing in many buildings.
Unused bench, Marriot Springhill Suites.
An empty wok station, unused for nearly a month at Pei Wei restaurant.
Civic Center Pool.
Interior of Cool Beans a popular bar on the normally bustling Fry St., directly adjacent to the campus of the University of North Texas, with a student population of nearly 38,000.
Closed Playground.
Employees of Dix Coney Island Diner take a short break together. The diner was forced to close its dining room, serving customers by take-out orders only.


Photo Essay by Alexandria Owens