What I Saw Buying Hot Cheetos at the Town Square

Through street photography, I’m discovering the ways corner stores serve as the de-facto public spaces of the San Fernando Valley.

David Rhoades
A-Culturated
Published in
8 min readMar 13, 2024

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Saw this guy waiting under the lights for a good while around 11 PM — even after a bus had come through. || Photo by author
Saw this guy waiting under the lights for a good while around 11 PM — even after a bus had come through. || Photo by author

One morning, I walked down to the corner 7–11 for a cup of coffee. Thinking I’d loiter for a little bit and have a smoke, I brought my street photo bag with my…

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David Rhoades
A-Culturated

Working class writer, editor, and photographer. Journalist for Socialist Alternative. Writes essays, horror, and science fiction.