Walking through my neighborhood early in the morning, I am struck by the variety of doorways in the homes and apartments that I pass. Humbly but richly painted wood, or elegant and complex metal work, marble, granite, cement or brick. Lavishly detailed victorian moldings and bead work, or a simple cut-out in stucco. Peeling paint or high gloss lacquer. Wilted plants or carefully tended planters. 


Of course, virtually every building's entrance will be unique. And the symbolic value of doorways is not lost on me. But in this case, I am more interested in what, if anything, each doorway says about the residents or owners.  In some cases, the doorway is clearly aimed at making a statement; in others, it is nothing more than a sign of neglect.