The desolation of a pandemic

Reporter Isaac Thompson lives in Franklin, Tenn., where people are hunkered down in their homes, staying away from places they once frequented. He captures the emptiness with his camera and his words.


Covid-19 has stopped the world in its tracks. Everything considered non-essential, including playgrounds, has been ordered shut down in many cities and states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pinkerton Park in Franklin is blocked off to users …


 

 

 

 

… and most equipment is even wrapped in plastic as an extra precaution.


 

With no children to use them, swing sets are empty …


 

 

 

… and swings are even removed from their hinges.


 

Sandboxes are surrounded by caution tape …


Toys are abandoned, seemingly left behind by children and their parents in a panic.


Schools like Centennial High in Franklin are closed across the nation, with instruction moved online or cancelled.


Retail stores in Cool Springs, a section of Franklin, are shuttered,  from Nike Factory and Five Below …


… to Party City …


 

 

… to Macy’s and the rest of the stores in Cool Springs Galleria.


 

The world remains closed until further notice.