When you come up in a time where a man leaves for work with his steel lunchbox and worn coveralls, it must be hard to relate to some young guy who leaves for work in over sized clothes and gold chains, a bag of dope in place of a lunchbox, a pistol rather than a hammer or wrench. Most of them won't ever see 70, 60, or even 30. We can all point a finger, we can blame it on society, race, poverty or politics, but at the end of the day, we all are responsible for our choices, and shifting the blame in one direction or another doesn't change that simple fact. While much of Kansas City Kansas grows and flourishes, the sections that run between State ave. and Quindaro stagnate and die at the hands of its young.When a neighborhood begins to die, the businesses are the first to go. They might have once been a destination. A place families stayed at. When the crime chased the visitors away, the businesses had to change with the times or get left behind. Families in the 60's and 70's played in this pool, kids laughed and splashed around. With the crime and vice came the steady deterioration. Eventually, as if from a cancer, the place succumbed, now there are just ghosts, no wet footprints temporarily staining the concrete around the pool, no more blood staining the walls and floors of the rooms. There is just this.
I apologize if you were expecting me to do my usual wise ass commentary, but I just can't find much to be flippant about here. I'm not sure why, trust me I can go to a million neighborhoods , every bit as bad as this area, and a barrage of smart ass comments will spew forth. And believe me when I say, there are more than a few of those posts coming. But there is something that tugs at me when it comes to this part of KCK, for the life of me I don't know what it is, but I cant ignore or deny it. Still among all of the blight and decay of this place, there are moments. A brightly colored house, some crazy guy arguing with someone only he can see. And pictures like this, that for some reason make me smile.
Next Monday....North East.