Tuesday, June 26, 2012


East 30th and Central.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ward 5 Parade

Scenes from the Ward 5 Parade in Cleveland, on a beautiful, sunny June Saturday.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Charlie's Life

He has lived in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland for more than 60 years. He is 80, with the energy of someone younger. He carries a cane but says he doesn't really need it. The index finger of his left hand is missing.

He has seen a lot of changes in his decades in Cleveland. "See that corner? Used to be a filling station. That used to be a store over there, you could buy flour or sugar for ten cents. The slumlords came in, they would take a broken bathtub from one house and put it in another. There was a lot of drugs here. Then they cleared everything away, put up new stuff.

"I came up from Tampa, Florida by myself when I was 13. I didn't like Florida. I was in Pittsburgh, and then I came to Cleveland." He worked for many years at the Ford plant in Brook Park, and later at the community college, whose logo is on the T-shirt he wears. "That was a good job -- they have good insurance," he says, indicating the small pharmacy bag he is carrying, with the medications he says are keeping him going.

Standing in front of a historic church, he recalls his long-ago wedding there. His marriage later faltered due to his drinking. "I was an alcoholic — lost my family to it. I was into anything — wine, canned heat [Sterno]. You drink that, you stay drunk for a week. Sometimes I slept over there," he says, pointing to a grassy field across the street. Eventually, he got sober. "I haven't had a drink for 40 years."

"This neighborhood is coming back a little. Me and him"  — he indicates a neighbor — "we're the only ones been here all these years."

Friday, June 15, 2012

Marine Week

Was the sight of children playing with deadly military weapons disturbing? In a word: Yes.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Color Him Father

Police Safety Fair

 Bomb-sniffing dog named Jet Black.

Cleveland Police Second District Safety Fair, Max Hayes High School.