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Elkhart, Indiana: A Tale of Two Cities

Bucolic Elkhart RiverSlow pace of life in ElkhartThe popular River WalkLunch time at the Daily GrindHistoric buildings on Main StreetOwner of Dicor, an RV industry supplierTina and Tina, two unemployed womenMonica, an unemployed mother of fourElkhart mayor Dick Moore  Boarded up houses, a familiar sightA casualty on Main StreetVacancy on Main StreetA local food pantryStocking shelves at the food pantryKaren, a victim of foreclosureOwner of Pop Culture, a soda pop store on Main Street

During this seemingly endless recession, few cities have been hit as hard as Elkhart, Indiana. With a local economy dependent on the whims of the RV industry, the recent downturn saw unemployment hit a whopping 20 percent. Thankfully, things have improved over the past year, but people are still suffering.  In September, I was sent to Elkhart with a writer from the Paris-based newsmagazine Le Nouvel Observateur to document how people are coping with the devastating effects of the recession.  What we found were two very different Elkharts.  The first was the upbeat, optimistic, rose-colored version of life portrayed by the business leaders, politicians and Chamber of Commerce spokespersons.  The second Elkhart was a sad and painful depiction expressed by local residents in a food pantry, unemployment office, and on the quiet streets of this once-prosperous town.  The “real” Elkhart apparently resides in the eye of the beholder.

Historic Dublin Pubs

PUBS are the lifeblood of Dublin, and a visit to this fair city wouldn’t be complete without an extensive tour of the dozens of colorful and overly-friendly historic pubs.  I was there on assignment for Islands magazine and dutifully photographed the pubs and their patrons…and quaffed a few thirst-quenching pints simply for research purposes.

More photographs of Ireland and Dublin Pubs: Ireland Photos

Guinness signMcDaids PubTemple Bar area...pubs on every blockMcDaids Pub, famous literary hangout  Davy Byrnes pub The Temple Bar pub ODonoghues pubPalace Bar pub, popular hangout in Temple BarOBriens pub The Temple Bar pub Brazen Head pub, oldest in DublinThe George Pub

Wicker Park: The New Greenwich Village?

Six Corners--the heart of Wicker ParkEmbeLezar gift shop and galleryAll musical tastes are spinning at Reckless Records Fenway Gallery The only way to flyHistoric Pierce AvenueAll musical tastes are spinning at Reckless Records Great used bookstore, Myopic BooksAll musical tastes are spinning at Reckless Records Ear Wax Cafe, almost healthy natural foodDouble Door--double whammy--liquor and live musicMilwaukee Ave in Wicker Park Under the L tracksWicker Park You lookin at me?I see youRed Star Cafe-outdoor eating at its best Gallery Night at the FlatironGallery Night at the FlatironGallery Night at the FlatironGallery Night at the FlatironStreet scene North Ave Six Corners on a summer night Six Corners on a summer night

While it’s only a short subway ride from downtown on the Blue Line, Wicker Park is worlds apart from the buttoned-down 9-5 workday of the Loop. The epicenter of this urban melting pot is a large intersection known as Six Corners. The three major avenues that meet here are North, Damen and Milwaukee, but the neighborhood is also a confluence of three cultural byways: hipster, artist and starving student. While there have been no scientific studies, researchers have postulated that there are more tattoos and piercings in Wicker Park than BMW’s in nearby Lincoln Park. Cafes, used bookstores and dive bars abound, and exist gracefully among $300 designer eyewear and Prada bags. Stop by on Gallery Night at the Flatiron Building and everyone comes out to strut their respective stuff while pontificating on modern art and free vodka.