Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beauty in the Yards

(Photo courtesy Beauty in the Yards web site. It's a north-facing view of Ashland Avenue taken from the railroad viaduct at 49th Street. It looks like it doesn't fit well into the Blogger layout, so all the more reason to go see these on the host web site itself.)

As part of their work through the Mikva Challenge Issues to Action program, Big Picture High School students took photos around the neighborhood this spring. Their goal was to offer a different perspective on Back of the Yards from the shootings and other negative images of the area most commonly found in mainstream media. Photos were auctioned as part of the Big Picture scholarship fundraiser held in May.

You can see more digital images at Beauty in the Yards, and I hear the webmaster has more yet to put up, so check back there more than once if you like.


Anonymous said...

I had to walk under that viaduct when I worked on 47th and Ashland. I was scared back then (1969) and always walked on the street instead of the sidewalk when I worked nights. What a lovely view though - I enjoyed Beauty in the Yards photos. Kathy C in Antioch, IL

Maritza said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kathy, and sharing your memories. I'm glad you got to see some photos of the neighborhood today.

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