Places (Not) in DC

Dear internet,

Another day, another edition of Places (not) in DC!

Where is this? it’s a suburb of DC. 

downtown Bethesda empty street with lots of tables and chairs
Not too many people on the street in the morning

I’m just going to write down the name of the place because otherwise I might forget: Downtown Bethesda. They closed down the road so people can sit in the street. Early in the morning, though, it was just a bunch of retirees arguing around the fountain in masks.

I always get lost in downtown Bethesda. I think it’s the general soullessness of the shopping district. Just feels like Standardized Upscale Outdoor Shopping Center. It could be anywhere-DC, Dallas, southern CA. Which is precisely the goal.