When you're taking photographs of people in the streets you need some static and empty scenes to mix the yin with the yang. They work perfectly together.
You can't argue about aesthetics in art. It is more a matter of taste. There are no rules. It is just pure taste. Is there an inner circle of street photographers you need to join to be on a list or whatever? I don't think so. As a street photographer I am a kind and peaceful type of person that loves life and all the magic that is happening around me every day. You can't take photos without that love in you. There are things that are not compatible with my taste, but that won't stop me from supporting the whole thing without a doubt and it is good there there are more shades of grey out there.
I've recently experienced some situations where people made up some (hidden) rules and saw themselves as a gatekeeper for certain things like lists and collectives. They tried to set a bar you have to jump over to be on the bandwagon. Can you act that way as an artist?