Neighborhood Photo Project - Most Recent
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.