June 3 2009
Listen: During the two months of the Neighborhood Project, each neighborhood took a turn as my favorite -- as we rummaged around for the ideal story, its pieces would snap together immediately, a complete, colorful narrative, nearly readymade. On other occasions, the stories were maddeningly elusive. Oftentimes, the story we wanted to tell seemed so simple, but we had to pour in a remarkable amount of effort to make it come to life. I have to admit, it took me awhile to wrap my head around Silver City. It was an area of town with which I wasn't familiar and it didn't seem to want to reveal itself to me all at once. In the end, through the remarkably candid honesty of the people I met and the time I spent in the neighborhood, Silver City became much clearer to me. A neighborhood with a strong working class tradition, newly diverse, adjusting successfully to the challenges that come with change. (Oh. And don't forget they have a top notch blues joint, Colombian bakery, engine, blade, and prop shop, Vietnamese, and so much more.) Some of the highlights from the five parts series in Silver City:
Produced by: Adam Carr
Note: The great photograph above is another from mlgkhc on Flickr.