Thursday, February 26, 2015

Just Remember


I found this book of photographs buried in a forgotten box in my basement. They were given to me at a flea market by an elderly lady. We had many friendly conversations of her reminiscence of the past. She told me stories about what it was like to be Black in America during 1930's through the 1960's.
She couldn't remember who's pictures these were. Memories get fuzzy that way over time. She would point to a few different pictures and say "that's her" but could not remember the ladies name.
"They all gone now." "Nobody wants these pictures." She told me that she tried to find someone who might of known her. "People come and go." "Seen a lot of that." "I kept the book for years."
It was as if she was letting go of the past and passing them on to me. She told me, "Take care of them." "I know you will." I kept my word that I would.
I saw her only one time after that and she gave another picture. I'll present that at another time. It was after a time that other vendors told me that they hadn't seen her in a long time.
"They call me Lizzy." "But that 'aint my name." "You can call be Lizzy." "That's alright." "I like your name."
Thank you Lizzy.
"Just Remember"
That's her bottom right picture

This is the lady up close.
Sweet dreams

as told by roman blazic_all rights reserved    

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fishtown: Razing a Church

Things change.

My Fishtown and surrounding neighborhoods are changing. Much new construction took place and many proposals for additional construction, most of all houses and a few defined businesses, continue to surface for community approval or disapproval. The effect of this has produced overwhelming favorable approval but it has also had a harsh impact on those with lesser financial means and stability which displaced many: renters and ballooning property taxes.These unfortunate people were not, in general, actively considered by the community and it's organizations. The prevailing single minded group think of community development loss sight of the human condition with a very narrow view of what improvement means; especially inclusion for all.
Resistance to such inclusion is strong as evident by a gross lack of planning low income housing development and healthful social service. The cry includes rants and scare tactics about having so called undesirable people in the community and the lowering of property value. It also insults and discourage the community's fostering and ability of actionable proactive planning in the community. An opposing view of inclusion and development compromise is near routinely shouted down and marginalized.
I was also moved by the related action of razing the former Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ at Marlborough and Belgrade streets for new house construction. The prevailing single minded group think of development grossly lacks and seemingly ignores the virtue of patience's to try to preserve such an unique 1841 architectural design from being demolished.
It's probably one of the earliest examples of Italianate architecture for a church in Philadelphia (most other churches from that era were neo-classical or late federalist style).*
A (prima facie) historic neighborhood landmark characteristic structure will be lost and a part of our heritage. Now it's much too late. I'm very concerned that there's more to follow in the name of progress.

point of view opinion and photos by roman blazic_all rights reserved

Friday, February 6, 2015

Перетягування каната

Tug of War

Люби свого ближнього, або хтось ще буде

hope and peace from roman blazic

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hello New World Neighbors

Welcome to Fishtown

It's that time again to extend a warm Fishtown welcome to more world neighbors. This will make 83 countries and territories that visit this blog based in Fishtown, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA.
I must be doing something right to create such an interest or annoyance throughout the world.
It also has it downside when a large portion of readership from some countries suddenly all but disappeared. This recently has happened with three particular countries: Mainland China, (also Hong Kong) Russia and (edit) the Ukraine. This reminds me when readership from Australia all but fell off the map after one of its citizens was senselessly murdered in the USA about one year ago.
My speculation about Russia results from harsh and unreasonable sanctions, in my opinion, against Russia and exacerbating real and propagandized issues . (edit) the Ukraine may have not liked what I wrote in "You Don't Need War." It could seem that I'm on the wrong side of their national issue. I, however, believe that (edit) the Ukraine is also being manipulated by outsiders, as well as insiders, for their own gain. This, in part, fosters the destabilization of Ukraine and the region, war and civil war.  China, sadly reported, is manipulating or blocking Internet access against its citizens to the entire world and recently passed a mandate against puns. China mistakenly maybe working against its own self interest to make another great leap forward in doing so. The USA has and continues to make this mistake too, but, as the past has shown, we eventually get it right sooner or later. " order to form a more perfect union..." is found in the opening sentence of  "The Preamble" to the USA Constitution. It's a worthy philosophic principle to read and understand.
I also understand not to be so arrogant to think our way (USA) is the only proper way. I understand that our culture does not out weigh the culture of another nation. I most importantly understand that "might makes right" in the end can fool anyone.
My words sincerely are written in the spirit of "by deeds of peace."

I, with that said, extend this respectful greetings "FREE BEER" and "FREE BLACK TEA" to Montenegro, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Moldova and Azerbaijan.

"Those people who are not governed by God will be ruled by tyrants."_William Penn
"Unbroken Faith"
"By Deeds of Peace"

words and photos by roman blazic_all rights reserved