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    Here's What The Coachella Valley Looks Like Without Festival-Goers

    Over the next two weekends, hundreds of thousands of music lovers will flock to the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, California, for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, but the neon-colored bacchanalia they'll encounter hardly resembles the tranquil place locals call home.

    For most people, when they hear the word “Coachella” they think of a crowded, candy-colored music festival, but that’s only the case for two weekends out of the year.

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    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News

    Most of the time, Indio and the greater Coachella Valley look like this:

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    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News
    Chris Tuite for BuzzFeed News