Inside Out

The former Lyric Theater in downtown Kansas City. Built in 1929 as the Ararat Shrine Temple, the Shriners spent one million dollars on its construction. The property was foreclosed in 1936 with $600,000 on the note. The building has been occupied by a Red Cross blood collection center and a television broadcasting station. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Shinbashi, Tokyo

A solitary figure is standing in the usually vibrant district of Shinbashi, Tokyo. Unlike Ginza, its exclusive neighbor to the north, Shinbashi caters to the average Tokyo worker with reasonably-priced restaurants and bars. This is from our book Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, Emptiness: Tokyo Landscape. Click on the image for a larger view.