Ask lifelong Vine City resident and community organizer Byron Amos to recall his childhood in the historic neighborhood, and he paints a simple portrait: houses, children, residents mingling in narrow, friendly streets.
A real neighborhood, he says.
Ask him to describe Vine City today, and hell tell you this: "It's a shell of its former self."
Literally. Thanks to disasters both natural and man-made, the long-overlooked community so rich with heritage has devolved into the very definition of blight.
On Sept. 21, 2002, an unprecedented downpour, exacerbated by the city's antiquated sewer system, flooded Vine City 6 feet deep. Some stranded residents were forced to swim through raw sewage to reach safety.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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