Since the pandemic began last March and shut down just about everything in Civic Center, the public face of the neighborhood has been populated mostly by the dispossessed, the drug addicted, and the mentally ill.
So it has been delightful to recently see a noontime dance aerobics group start up in the Civic Center Plaza across from City Hall.
It feels like a small miracle of happiness in a landscape of despair.
The leader looks like a bit of a lunatic...
...but his joy is so infectious that it's impossible not to smile and want to dance along.
The dance exercises are sweet, simple, and perfectly low-impact for middle-aged bodies. I wanted to join in myself except that I have never been able to master a dance routine to save my life.