Ryan, when you put your camera up to your face how did you evaluate the light? By that I mean did you understand that you won't be able to get a nice/consistent exposure across the frame and either the left side would be in very deep shadows with the right side properly exposed or the left side would be good with the right side blown out. It looks to me like the camera tried to make the best of a bad situation that ended up giving a bit of both.
I agree with thebeatnut that this type of image might work as part of a documentary set. You could also convert what you have to B&W which will hide a few of the exposure sins (funny color in the blown out sky for example). Add some film type grain in post processing and it will have an edgier feel and most won't notice that nothing in the image is sharp (there's lots of motion blur). All in all you chose a difficult situation and it would be pretty hard to save this one.
Example: As a set you could have an early morning shot, a mid-day time exposure shot (would need a neutral density filter and small aperture) showing the blur left from the people walking and an end of day shot after everyone went home, maybe with just a few people hanging out. Tell a story with your images