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Post photographer Michael Williamson is traveling across the country covering the economic situation.

Half a Tank: Along Recession Road: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

An Appeal For Help, A Sandwich From Arby's

Joey Ostling stands on Route 220 in Roanoke. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post ROANOKE, Va.--It took Michael and me longer to get to the foreclosure auction than it lasted. Within minutes of going up for bid, the lot...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 5, 2009; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Window Shopping

Pulaski Pawn opens for business as others on Main Street close. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post PULASKI, Va.--On the first day Pulaski Pawn opened its doors, it received two items: A diamond ring and a shotgun. That was...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 5, 2009; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Fork in the Road (Auction Today!)

The brochure box was empty, but would a crowd come? Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post EN ROUTE TO ROANOKE, VA.--Most road trips have a starting point and a final destination--addresses that can be punched into MapQuest or Yahoo....

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 5, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Behind the Wheel  
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Slow Times, With Slots

Barbara Finley has seen fewer regulars but more gamblers. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post A BREAKFAST JOINT SOMEWHERE IN VA.—Without a problem, Michael and I found a table at a nook-in-the-wall restaurant that shares space with a fast...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 4, 2009; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Letter Perfect

Sign of the times in Pulaski County. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post SOME ROAD IN PULASKI COUNTY, Va.--Michael pulled off the road when he saw the sign, lured by its misplaced, damaged letters. He grabbed his camera, curious...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 4, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Sign of the Times  
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On the Line In New River Valley

Todd Higginbothan has worked at the plant for 16 years. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post DUBLIN, Va.--Inspiration Manager. That’s the title on the business card Marcus Thompson gives Michael and me when we arrive at Volvo’s New River...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 4, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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All You Can Eat

The first vegetables Michael has eaten in days...save for the tomato on yesterday's Whopper. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post DUBLIN, Va.--Sitting at Shoney's, grabbing a quick bite after a tour of the Volvo truck plant (more on that...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 3, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Heading South On I-81

Driver's eye view of a suprisingly truck free Interstate 81. Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post ALONG INTERSTATE 81--We were driving toward the lightning in the distance – “flickering on and off like a street lamp with a loose...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 3, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Behind the Wheel  
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Into the Woods In Prince William

Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post WOODBRIDGE, Va.--The soft strumming of a guitar and hard stench of liquor hit Michael and me before we saw J.D. sitting half-naked in his tent. “I was born Danny and growing up everyone...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 3, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Into the Wild  
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Waiting it Out In Woodbridge

Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post WOODBRIDGE, Va.--The plastic flowers under the stop sign told me we were at the right spot. I had come to this street corner three years earlier, not long after I started at The...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 3, 2009; 8:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Scene along the Street  
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Ghost Signs

Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post WHEATON, Md.--Michael had told me about the strip of abandoned stores near his house, but it wasn’t until I saw them, a cluster of fallen dominos, that I understood why he wanted me...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 2, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Sign of the Times  | Tags: Circuit City, Home Depot, sign  
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Paper cups and Swarovski crystals

Photo by Michael Williamson/The Washington Post WASHINGTON--Distant memories of tobacco fields behind him and the uncertainty of tomorrow before him, Robert Crawley was panhandling on a Georgetown sidewalk when Michael and I approached him about noon. He had 97...

By Theresa Vargas  |  June 1, 2009; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Scene along the Street  | Tags: Four Seasons, extremes, homeless  
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Riding Shotgun

This morning, Michael and I met at the Washington Post and started a road trip that will take us across the nation.

By Theresa Vargas  |  May 31, 2009; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Tags: recession, unknowns  
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