Ahead of the 40th anniversary of Francisco Franco’s death, historians are working to demolish the myths that the Spanish dictator himself had created by constantly rewriting history. Franco ordered that the Belchite ruins be left untouched as a “living” monument of war.
Johnny Joo, a 24-year-old photographer from Ohio, has documented “the creepiness of an abandoned lunatic asylum, to the quiet, vast emptiness of a forgotten chapel, but nothing quite like the abandoned home of a former professional boxer.”
Mike Tyson declared bankruptcy in 2003, despite having received over $30 million for several of his fights and $300 million during his career, leaving behind a mansion in Southington, Ohio purchased in the 1980s.
“You might have heard today that there were three shootings that happened over there on Cold Spring. Part of that stuff is what we’re trying to weed out. That element, as long as drugs continue to rule …”
Julius “Julio” Colon is aware of the perception – and, as noted in the quote above, the reality – of Park Heights. In his role as president and CEO of Park Heights Renaissance, Colon sees evidence of urban blight every day. Vacant buildings throughout the neighborhood. Forty-some liquor stores dotting long stretches of Park Heights Avenue and Reisterstown Road. Significantly higher-than-average rates of teen pregnancy, HIV infection and recidivism among residents.