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MSB Architects has been in downtown Hagerstown for almost 2 years, and it’s been great. While COVID has hampered some of our ability to enjoy the local cuisine, the Cultural Trail, and City Park, it hasn't kept us from enjoying the people. Due to population density, urban areas naturally have more people available to watch. With a large window that faces the street, there always some sort of activity to keep us entertained. I'd like to share a few memorable moments that we've witnessed.

Just two weeks ago we were entertained by a street dancer. I am not sure if he could see himself in the reflection of the glass or if he was dancing specifically for us. After a few minutes, he danced further down the sidewalk on his way. He looked really happy and the impromptu performance was fun for us.

Of course, it's not all joy and dancing. One Saturday, some of our staff was working and they texted me a picture of fire trucks surrounding our building. Not exactly what I wanted to see on my phone over the weekend. What I didn’t notice at first was that the dumpster across the alley was on fire. Yes, we can claim an actual dumpster fire in 2021. Thankfully, the fire was quickly contained and there was no harm done. A quick scan of our security cameras and I could see that a stray cigarette seemed to start the fire.

dumpster fire
Who had dumpster fire on their BINGO card?

Our conference room also has a glass wall that faces the street. Over the past two years, we have seen a car hit a bicyclist (everyone was okay), multiple cars go the wrong way in the alleys, lots of emergency vehicles responding to calls, and the occasional butt crack. It can be quite distracting during meetings, so we try to face clients away from the windows and towards the designs.

bicycle accident
Bike vs. car. Fortunately there were no serious injuries.

I sometimes wonder how much production is lost in the office because of people watching. There is something about witnessing human interaction that is fascinating. Next time you stop by the office, stay a little while and you just might witness something fun.

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