Neighborhood Photo Project - Most Recent
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.