Photos, Old and New. Part IV
Monday, May 11, 2009 1:50:14 PM
Note that it isn't just that the places have been "fixed up", it's that someone seems to care. Trees are planted and maintained. Streets are clean. The houses are painted, and repainted when appropriate. An utterly different world. The Hopperesque bleakness (see here and here) is gone.
It is also weird. When you live through it, a house is renovated here, a block there. Even when a block was renovated, there were always a few houses left undone, often for many years. After a while, they also get done. You remember the last few years, not the "start". The photos really do remind of what you can think of as "normal".