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  •  Angelo's and Luigi's. (3+ / 0-)
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    I hear that! I used to work at Angelo's. Weekend night-shift dishwashing. Every hour was its own saga. I grew up on the other side of Longway, but the State Streets have a special place in my heart.  A lot of friends, diversity, and imagination on the Eastside and, believe it or not, now more than ever.

    "No one gets to be born a butterfly, not even butterflies." - Santa

    by blueskiesfalling on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:37:44 AM PST

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    •  My grandparents (4+ / 0-)

      lived on Kansas St, and used to eat at Angelo's when they were dating.

      Last summer I drove through the old neighborhood, and I was appalled. It literally looks like a war zone. I lived on Belle Ave for a while in the early 80's, and more than half the houses up that way are simply gone, burned down or demolished. The neighborhood is in ruins, there are store fronts that are nothing but busted out windows and heaps of trash. Empty buildings not even boarded up. Hookers on the corner at 3 in the afternoon. Gang graffiti literally everywhere. I'd never have believed it if I hadn't seen it for myself.

      I barely recognized the place.

      "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

      by happy camper on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 11:17:29 AM PST

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      •  State Streets. (3+ / 0-)
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        It really does look horrid, especially North Franklin.  Where there was the month of fire a couple years back, it hit the State Streets doubly hard with about 40 houses going up just that month.  I spent one summer living on Nebraska and another on Maryland.  I drove by on Maryland not long ago and that house is gone -- just totally vanished -- as are half of the others.  And Maryland isn't even the worst street over there.

        But for all of that, I still find myself going back to the Eastside over and over.  The place has a life that just won't be stamped out. The Kearsley Park pavilion has been refurbished and its own theater company now -- the Kearsley Park Players -- and they do a lot of Shakespeare and the like. It was devastating when Homedale Elementary burned down a couple years back, but Peace Mob is turning the whole site into a farm. Davison Road is still delicious and international: Thai food, Chinese, Italian, Mexican.  My mouth is watering just thinking of it.

        "No one gets to be born a butterfly, not even butterflies." - Santa

        by blueskiesfalling on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 11:24:24 AM PST

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