Neighborhood Photo Project - Most Commented
Catherine | Boulder, Colo.
This is our neighborhood school which was closed by the school district in 2003. Now our children are driven by parents to other schools (which are beyond capacity). The school will re-open in 2013 as an early childhood center. Just recently, the district concluded that some of this building needed to be used for "overflow" kindergarten so at least some of our elementary age children will once again be in a neighborhood school.
Monica Pollard | Nampa, Idaho
Nampa is the second largest urban area in Idaho, about 20 miles west of Boise. The old downtown of Nampa was built ca. 1880's-early 1900's, with lots of old-west style brick buildings. Many small privately-owned shops there closed in the past 3-4 years. They weren't well-supported by consumers and the rents are unrealistically high. At the same time, new commercial shopping areas were being built, which we didn't see a need for. It was announced this month there's going to be a third Walmart in Nampa. This is a snowy morning in December 2008, looking south down our street. The Snake River is about 12 miles south. We live outside the city limits in a mixed area of older large lots and small newer subdivisions. I like it because of the snow, the early morning sky, and the lights on the houses. It's western open spaces and coziness combined. And it doesn't show the more modern development to the north of us.
Marlee Gallagher | Pittsburgh, Pa.
This photo was taken from my front window. It depicts the wall that separates my community: Edgewood from Wilkinsburg, affluent from poor, white from black. This wall and associated train tracks have become a social determinant for the people of Pittsburgh. Being from one or the other side of the tracks is a defining characteristic. My house is the only house that sits directly on the border, and while I enjoy the sound of trains and prefer public transportation to individual automobiles, one day, this wall has got to go.
Greg Lundell | Redwood City, Calif.
Redwood City is an old town by Northern California standards. It has big trees and wide streets. There is a nicely developed downtown where the swanky "gastro-pubs" probably outnumber the liquor stores. The city also has an extraordinary divide between wealthy and poor. Multi-million dollar homes are only blocks away from high density housing. The population ranges from well established (generally more wealthy) families to immigrant families that seem to be right on the edge of poverty. There is literally a Ferrari dealership a third of a mile down the street from a market that has no name apart from advertising that it accepts food stamps. The amazing thing is that nobody seems all that shocked by it; people have to buy food and gotta have Ferraris.
Austin Doyle | Forth Worth, Texas
There are three houses for sale on my street. My neighbors keep to themselves here in this lower middle class neighborhood, hardly anyone speaks to each other. I suppose they're more suspicious because they're not the types to have fancy alarm systems. There are many dogs kept in backyards and they bark at each other day and night. I have three cats, one with only three legs, and I feel surrounded. We're technically in the suburbs, right inside the loop around town. There's a swale that runs behind my backyard and sometimes dogs get loose in there and I have to chase them. I'm scared they'll jump the fence and attack the cats, which has happened. This is my cat Uzi in my front yard.
Kerry McMahon | Baltimore, Md.
We live in Ridgely's Delight, one of the few city neighborhoods that has trees. It makes us unique. The spring blossoms seem to be a chance at renewal. They bring everyone back to life. Being able to live in the city - which can often be depressing - but also having a chance to enjoy nature, balances everything out.
John Taylor | Panama City, Fla.
My neighborhood consists of 13 moderately high-end houses (in Panama City that means tile roofs, HOA controlled, nice lawns, gated community, on a golf course or water front, and over 2000 sq feet) that were mostly completed in 2008. Problem is that there are over 60 lots in the neighborhood and none of the lots are selling. While not loving the rattlesnakes that come with it, we love the trees, the open spaces, and the deer we see every morning in our mostly empty neighborhood. We are here for the long haul (10+ years), so breaking even on the investment would mean that a) we enjoyed raising a family here and b) we might get back what we invested in it. Me being Mr. Optimism would call that a win.
Linda Hall | Evanston, Ill.
I chose this photo because to me it symbolizes the changes in my neighborhood and in my life. In 2009, I had just lost my job and knew that I needed to get my chimney relined. That combined with getting doors made for the front was going to cost over $7,000. Instead I opted to convert to a wood burning stove for less than half the price. It's more practical, less expensive and more environmentally sound. When I'm home on cold days I can run the stove and not run my furnace. The papers in front of the fireplace were my study aids that helped me pass the exam to become a certified Project Management Professional -- a class I took through the Workforce Improvement Act. Everyone I know is cutting back and many people are looking to improve and expand their skill sets in the hope that knowing more will make them more attractive both personally and professionally.
Jim Canavan | North Adams, Mass.
North Adams is located in the northwest corner of Massachusetts, in the Berkshire Hills. Home to 13,000 people, and next door to Williamstown, the city has yet to recover from the loss of manufacturing 25 years ago. The low level of educational achievement holds the workforce back. Recently, the creative economy has breathed some life into the area.