Neighborhood Photo Project - Most Commented
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.
Jefferson Davis | Irving, Texas
It is a picture of my house with snow. We rarely get snow and this was a year where we actually had a white Christmas. I live in a nice neighborhood in a suburb of Dallas, TX. I've lived in this city since 1985. The city has changed as many people have moved further out and they have been replaced by many new arrivals. The city is much more diverse than when I originally moved here. My area is an area of many nice homes, with a lot of older people who were original purchasers in the late 60's early 70's. The yards are well kept and it is generally quiet.
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.
Jennifer Schwanke | Keizer, Ore.
I chose this photo in representation that even though we live in a tiny apartment and save our pennies there is hope for life beyond it. I feel books hold a key to the future. I have done my best to pass a love of reading onto my children in hopes that it will lead them to pursue higher education so they can have a better life. The neighborhood where we live is a working class neighborhood and my hope is someday they can move beyond living paycheck to paycheck. Balancing lack of funds with pursuit of an education is tough. I feel this photo is a good representation of the diversity of life and interests offset with scant means.