Neighborhood Photo Project - Most Recent
Matt Schley | Tokyo, JapanThis restaurant in Takadanobaba, Tokyo, is the site of what was, until last year, Ben's Cafe, a coffee shop, restaurant and former hang-out for Tokyo's expat community. Ben's, reportedly one the first "gaijin" (foreigner)-owned cafes in Tokyo, shut down last year after almost 15 years in business. The cafe, like many businesses here catering to expats, was hit hard by the mass exodus of foreigners after last year's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear scare. Though it's been a year since the triple disaster, tourism and other foreigner-centric industries are still down compared to past years. For me, the closing of Ben's Cafe is one of the most visible examples of 3/11's effect on the "gaijin economy." VIEW MORE PHOTOS...
Mar 30, 2012
Joneen Nielsen | West Bradenton, Fla.This is my home. My grandmother bought it new in 1954. I mortgaged to pay for Mom's medical expenses, then unable to sell once I got in over my head. Was one week away from foreclosure sale, and managed to pull back house from the brink. Since last November I have a new mortgage, note that is higher than I would like, but monthly payments are reasonable. I show this house, because I among of the few success stories.
Mar 23, 2012