The odd Prius ad

The following advertisement for Toyota Prius appeared in the 12/19 August 2013 issue of The New Yorker.  Take a close look – some odd bits are included.  Are those really two tents – a blue one and a green one in the Arizona/Utah-style desert?  And take a look at the third one down? Those three-story townhouses look a whole lot like slums to me – either public housing or that sort of poor suburban medium density housing so popular in the early 1960s.  And why is there a bike in the photo?  Meaning?  Finally, the Prius is at home, safely “plugged in”.  No other houses around (in fact no people at all, in any of them).  Mystified by these photos, especially #2 and #3?  I am.

Prius ad in New Yorker 12-19Aug2013

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