So those were my thoughts as I walked towards the park, which was a rather unremarkable pocket park compared with the strange vibe its neighborhood was giving off. I lost the original pics along when my phone vanished, but I've taken a new set since.
|This iconic water tower sits a couple blocks away from American Addition.|
|As does this funky building, which I thought was piles of rocks or something when I originally saw it from a distance on the bus.|
|This lies at the entrance to the community. Its a very cute place and on that day, a group was putting some work in. Again, I am simply a sucker for gazebos.|
|HE stands guard|
|I swear I've seen this sculpture before. Any ideas? It looks really familiar.|
I talked to one lady, who turned out to be Marie Moreland-Short from the Dispatch Story. She was a little hesitant to talk since I was some random stranger perhaps seeming nosy, but we ended up having a nice conversation. She had things to do anyway since the center pictured below was bustling with children. I wished her luck and told her she has a community to be proud of.
|This was why I originally got that "urban boonies" vibe.|
|A very average park in a rather extraordinary place.|
|Pretty large, maybe a bit larger than a football field.|
|Hope blooms again|
For HIGHLY recommended further info on this part of town, I suggest these documentaries which tell their story with interviews with some of the original residents. Very cool. They are here and here.