Thursday, May 16, 2013

Proud To Be in Cleveland

Cleveland, my hometown, is a strange place. The recent discovery of three long-missing girls kept captive in a West Side house for a decade, a ghastly serial killer not long ago on the East Side, crumbling infrastructure alongside gentrification efforts based on drinking (breweries, wine bars and distilleries), overeating (Food Network-inspired pork restaurants), and gambling (a casino at the heart of downtown). At the same time, there are genuine improvements -- renovations of long-neglected low-income neighborhoods and a growing urban agriculture movement. It's a battle between Nice and Vice.

This picture, for me, exemplifies Nice -- regular people living life in the best way they can, sometimes carrying a little puppy.

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