What is the best practice for when a story is set in the past tense, but there are parts of the story that are consistent both in the past and present? Something like this: Jon was walking along 8th avenue. He did other things, all of which are in the past. He approached Central Park from the south. Lincoln Square is a wealthy area, nestled between Clinton and the Upper West Side. About that "is." Should it be was? Was to me implied that it was at once time, but isn't anymore, but it also gives me a weird feeling when reading it aloud, as though I'm breaking tense.