There are areas of this lovely city that used to be so full of history and striking architecture. And while even in the older areas of town, the architecture is technically still there, some of it is masked by urban decay. It is spoiled by vandalism and broken, boarded windows. It is hidden behind an air of poverty, sadness, hopelessness, and indifference.
As I walk by the former cute little vegan cafe, with it's darkened windows and it's graffiti covered doors, I wonder if the owners have moved to another location or whether they gave up their dream as so many of the people sitting on the sidewalk with downcast eyes seem to have done. It is simply so sad to me.
I LOVE history. I love to learn about the story of the neighborhoods, and while there are parts of the city that are taken care of and are still rich in historical beauty, it seems so many places are just fading away, historical wonders simply lost in the race to move on to something new and wonderful.