By Jess Dankenbring “I’m fine right here,” says Mrs. Richardson, from her plastic chair on the front porch. “It’s hard to find places,” she went on. “I don’t want one of those high-rises. I don’t like a lot of people, and I don’t like a high-rise. A high-rise is like being in the hospital—room is Read more about Static Homes, Quiet Lives[…]
By Jess Dankenbring For some people in Highland Park, the only grocery store they know is a mini-mart. When there is a greater supply of chips and Ramen than produce, that’s what you tend to buy. When Maggie and I ventured into this grocery desert, we expected spikes in prices and aisles of nothing but Read more about Lemons and Cheetos[…]
By Kevin Johnson On Dec 15, 1949, an unnamed city official, with little outward ceremony, set fire to Trolley Car 408, the last trolley car in Richmond. The car took more than an hour to catch fire, as if unwilling to let go of the good old days. It was the end of an era Read more about Disconnected[…]
By Kevin Johnson It’s exactly 468 steps from the corner of 2nd Ave. and Burns St. to the traffic circle at Six Points, the commercial and spiritual center of Highland Park. As I walked this route one afternoon, I felt the heat of the sun scorching the already sun-bleached sidewalk. I counted my steps to Read more about Changemakers[…]
By Maggie Latimer On the corner of East Brookland Park Boulevard and 2nd Avenue, nestled between Six Points Express Mart and a dry cleaner’s shop, stands a large, sandy brick building. Look closely and you may see the faint imprint of lettering left on the front door, detailing the bank’s hours of operation. Those hours Read more about Don’t Bank On It[…]
On a rainy Monday afternoon, our team walks through Chestnut Hill, a cluster of streets at Highland Park’s southernmost tip. Among the schools, cemeteries and old Victorian houses, there are a thousand stories waiting to be told. —Maggie Latimer Permanent link For more updates on our walking team, follow @urhighlandpark on Instagram and track #UREdenWalkers.