A Vision, an Empty Lot, an Answered Prayer

by Lucy Nalen Sam Winston, 61, serves as an elder at Temple of God apostolic church in Gilpin Court. Which means he’s a leader of the church that he helped build from scratch on an empty lot 20 years ago. I asked him about the size of the congregation. “Sometimes 20, sometimes 25, sometimes four,” Read more about A Vision, an Empty Lot, an Answered Prayer[…]

Urban Wastelands

The forced estrangement is evident even in the landscape. Flourishing Jackson Ward boasts manicured front lawns and pruned bushes. Flowering trees line the streets, bursts of color are on display in porch-side pots. As I walk down the sidewalks, I imagine self-satisfied residents swapping gardening tips with their neighbours. On the other side of the highway, Gilpin Court resident Lee Basin is quick to reassure me of his neighborhood’s equivalent beauty.