Neighborhood Photo Project - Most Commented
Nolu Crockett-Ntonga | Silver Spring, Md.
I am a serious professional like most of the people in my neighborhood. Despite a Master's Degree and 20 years of experience, I've been laid off three times in the past five years and had to leave my apartment due to no income other than unemployment. I think things are FAR WORSE for African-Americans, despite our education and experience.
Joel Patterson | Petersburgh, N.Y.
This is a photo of a tree-- long ago, someone strung barbed wire to fence off a field-- in the intervening years, the tree has kept growing, swallowing the wire whole, and now the tree is located in the deepest woods. This tells a tale to me, and I don't think I'm romanticizing it all that much. Immigrants (or at least settlers) set out to tame the hillsides, clearing the land and defining pastures for grazing. They went to alot of trouble to fence it all in, and the ceaseless stone walls imply back-breaking effort to overhaul the terrain. All of this work didn't exactly pan out-- Nature has reasserted its dominion-- and so the wire poking out of the trees speak at once of ambition and fortitude and failure and futility.
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 The city has changed as many people have moved further out and they have been replaced by many new arrivals.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.
Antonio | Southfield, Mich.
Southfield is a business corridor, North of Detroit, Mich. Southfield has a wide income gap and is mostly middle and lower income. Many were affected by the recession and are still trying to pick up the pieces. Southfield hosts a lot of businesses and is the center of the greater Detroit area. Southfield - "The center of it all."
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.