I’m still not sure what it is I find so alluring about these sections of towns. I did grow up in the suburbs, but we were on the very edge of town when I was young. The “strip” near mom’s house wasn’t built until I was almost moved away. I never really spent any time there.
But even during the day, with all this transient traffic and apparent hustle and bustle, this long stretch of commercial property has a simultaneously immutable and shifting quality. The individual stores will come and go and renovate and expand, but the strip itself will always be.