Neighborhood Photo Project - Most Recent
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.
Virginia Pizzella-Bierig | Tabernash, Colo.
We live about 8 miles from Winter Park Ski area in Colorado. Construction and tourism are the two biggest industries here. I think many locals got caught up in the growth - people were making good money started to extend themselves. Some have left, sold out or walked away. The rest of us have adapted and gone back to the old ways of holding several jobs. Having more time to enjoy why we came here in the first place. This is a view of our back yard from our deck. We own only an acre but it borders a hay meadow part of a large ranch. Hundreds of acres undeveloped. We new it was a risk - that it may not stay so pristine but the economy may have secured our view for a while longer. We see so much amazing wildlife including this young calf moose. It brings me so much peace... we love it here... feel blessed.
Nuala Sawyer | San Francisco, Calif.
I live in what's technically called the "Upper Haight" or "Haight Ashbury" neighborhood of San Francisco. Haight Street always does well economically due to tourists, and neighboring Divisadero Street is rapidly becoming gentrified with new businesses moving in. This is the view of my street when I am standing in the park waiting for the light for the crosswalk to change. The second house in is Janis Joplin's old house - a neighborhood landmark and attraction for tourists, but really it's just another beautiful victorian house in the neighborhood with nothing unusual about it.
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.