A man walks by apartments on Bethel Avenue that stand empty, ready for demolition later this month. The first stage of demolition at Walter P. Taylor Homes includes 183 of the 500 housing units in the neighborhood.
These flowers commemorate a victim of a fatal shooting and stand behind the Walter P. Taylor Market and Deli on McConnel Street. In Walter P. Taylor Homes, residents remember the location where their friends and family have died with floral arrangements.
Melissa Hicks stands outside her apartment on Bethel Avenue. The apartment her family has called home for two years will not be torn down in the first round of demolition, but KCDC plans for all buildings in Walter P. Taylor Homes to be torn down.
In the kitchen of Melissa Hicks’ apartment, her son looks out from underneath one of his many masks. Hicks cannot decide whether to move out on her own time or wait until her building is slated for demolition, which would make her eligible for a housing voucher.
Melissa Hicks and her son outside of their apartment on Bethel Avenue in Walter P. Taylor Homes.
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Linda Maria Conners
Linda Maria Conners visits with family and friends while sitting in the courtyard behind her home. Conners relocated from the apartment building on the other side of McConnel Street last month. She wanted to stay close to her daughters who live in the neighborhood, but may have to move soon because of the Five Points revitalization.
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