13 July 2009

Jerome's Memorial

Site of a July 4th weekend shooting:
 


Green and Republic: 
This is just a block south of Findlay Market. I walked this way to the Market Sunday, and my son was asking why there were so many empty buildings up here and why the owners don't fix them up. I told him there was a shooting here, but he wasn't so interested in the memorial.

4 comments:

Jason said...

I saw that memorial thing on sunday too. The funny thing is that my friend's goat just died yesterday and its name was Jerome too:)
The poor goat was crushed by a spooked horse. No kidding.

CityKin said...

Don't know if it is kosher to take photos of such memorials, but I don't see why not.

Quim said...

"my son was asking why there were so many empty buildings up here and why the owners don't fix them up."
This is something that really honks me off. I have seen buildings sit vacant and abandoned in OTR for over a generation. The kids growing up there and in other neighborhoods with the same problem pick up on this and might very well grow to adulthood in these neighborhoods. What can they take away from that experience except that people don't care about their community and don't care about them. I can't imagine it. What these building owners are doing to kids is criminal.

VisuaLingual said...

Criminal? Sheesh. I grew up in a less-than-pastoral neighborhood, and it really fueled my interests in architecture, planning, and specifically preservation at an early age. I felt indignant about the state of my microcosm, like I was the only one who saw the value of taking care of my environment. Not that I was exactly right, or that that's exactly the path I took in life, but I think witnessing, or perceiving a wrong is a strong force that mobilizes young people to act.

So many of my friends grew up in what I would call pastoral neighborhoods and then completely disowned the aesthetics and values embedded within them. That can and does happen in any kind of situation.