Blight Walk.


The houses are unoccupied, neglected. The parched grass grows high, bottles and cans are everywhere, and their owners are seemingly oblivious to their blighted properties. This is not a slum. This is Columbus Avenue between Hamlin and Kittridge, where some absentee owners have allowed large parcels of land to fall into abuse, or permitted and…

Sunday Morning Victory


On a Sunday morning along Victory, east of Kester, the wide street is mostly empty. It is also empty on Van Nuys Boulevard. And the only person on Friar Street pushes a shopping cart with her belongings.   Under the dull fog, Van Nuys might be sleeping late. Sleeping off Cervezas. Many work on Sundays,…

State of the Union


"X" marks the spot (keep out. keep out.), a photo by find myself a city to live in on Flickr.Chicago, IL South Side 2013 "Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country. And…