I can't help thinking.....and the way it's being discussed...this about control. Concepts, not people.
I wish he'd got to the essence of these people, showed how they lived and breathed.
Let them speak for themselves.
After all, this is not a painting - it is a photograph, and as such there is so much more potential to pursue - the complex, indefinable and fleeting moments that contain human truth.
Actually, it can be found in the feet of the guy all the way to the right with the bike. I've always loved his feet and toes in this image, and in many of Strand's photos there is often a small minor detail like that, that just somehow "makes" the photograph for me.
Granted, though, it may well be too small and insignicant to save the image from feeling contrived, as so many feel.