The joy of socks

Buy a pair of socks designed by Atlanta-mural-artist Yoyo Ferro and another pair of socks is donated to someone in need.

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The wow factor

One presenter crossed the stage at the Fox Theater on an electric scooter; another on an ebike. Other presenters arrived on different scooters and bikes, and Kevin Green, the CEO of Midtown Alliance, took center stage amidst great applause on an electric skateboard. It was all very gutsy, especially when considering they were facing an…

Perhaps even callings

You can’t ride a bike without asking questions about the people you meet and pass. And the questions lead to answers, and perhaps even callings. In this photo taken today, I am standing in an old jail cell that now provides temporary housing to US veterans of war. (Note: I have volunteered to blog monthly…

You pass people (1)

You pass people while Traveling at the Speed of Bike, and you notice in just that split second how the wind whips and how they clutch their coats or blankets or pieces of cardboard, and you wonder if you are going to pass them by in life. And then you get to ask yourself more…

Heartbreak

“Heartbreak,” one of my fellow orientation attendees offered, as we were brainstorming the reasons people are homeless. It stopped the room cold. This was before the tour that took us past the old jail cells (with a metal bunk bed, tiny toilet, small sink, little mirror, and a curtain for a door) now used as…

Bodies merge and meld

I have reason to be in Downtown Atlanta, just killing time, for two hours once a week for the first eight months of 2018. This past week, I hopped on the Atlanta Streetcar, yet again, to shoot photos for my longitudinal photo essay, A Streetcar Named Aspire (there are almost 1,000 photos in that file now…

The last resort

The last resort for those without a place to sleep in Atlanta used to be the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. You could go there if other places wouldn’t take you, for whatever reason. People have strong opinions about what worked and what didn’t work there and in the surrounding blocks, which were affected by it. Many…

A lifetime

I rode Sharey the bikeshare bike by the park where I used to give a woman without a home named Shari half my Sweet Auburn Curb Market wrap, right when a string of emergency vehicles pulled up, sirens blaring. I saw the first responders run past the shopping cart overflowing with someone’s life’s belongings. They…