"Lord Get Me The Hell Outta Here"

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UploadedFebruary 28, 2014
TakenJanuary 19, 2014
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40
Exposure1/100 sec at f/6.3
FlashFlash, Auto-Mode, Return light not detected
Focal Length18 mm
ISO200
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Death Row,Shooting Gallery
Murderers Row,Stop & Rob.....
Those are just a few of the names the City of Akron police call this neighborhood.

I had no idea when I got off of I-76 to take this photo.
The best view and vantage pont to get a good picture of the cross is directly on I-76.

From the interstate it looks as if you could almost touch the cross it hangs so close to the road.
But with traffic flying by at 70+mph you chances of getting killed are just as high as getting off the freeway and going into the neighborhood.

Apparently this neighborhood in the center of Akron is a high crime area and the cops didn't waste time telling us to get in the car and get the hell out of town.

I didn't think anything about it at the time but every car that came to the stop sign at the front of the building (left) never came to a full stop and there wasn't a soul out walking around.

To be honest I never felt any sense of damger or any kind of a threat but when the cops make a point of stopping and telling you to move along it's probably in your best interest to listen

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  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (28 Feb 2014):

    This is what our fine American cities have come to, wonder if we should call an exterminator?

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner said (28 Feb 2014):

    I know what you mean Fred.
    What a damn shame our cities are crime,dope infested hell holes.
    I think the deindustrialization of this country is responsible for much of the crime and violence we see today.

    Most people remember Akron as the great rubber city home to Goodyear,B.F.Goodrich,General Tire and other once great American companies.
    I remember dreading having to drive through Akron back in the 70s because of the heavy traffic and God help you if you were caught there during the shift changes at the plants.
    When I worked for Haliburton I had to make a few trips through Akron every week to get to the Morton Salt Factory to haul in salt for our cement mixes for the oil and gas wells.

    It was always a bumper to bumper drive from the Gilcrist exit going in all the way across the city.
    Today you can breeze right through Akron with very light traffic.
    As you look out over the city from the interstate all you see are closed down factories and the ruins of the once great working neighborhoods clustered around the plants.

    Something I find especially sad and more than a little disturbing are the numerous neighborhood churches long closed or completely abandoned.
    In Akron like most industrial cities employment and worship went hand in hand.
    At one time there was prosperity,well kept homes and a house of worship on almost every block.
    Akron was a multi faith city and it's evident by the many different old deteriorating churches that dot a once thriving urban landscape.

    Call me crazy,stupid or watever but I firmly believe the very worst thing that's happened to America was abandoning our great manufacturing base,corporate greed and our own demand for cheap goods made offshore.
    Our great urban centers will continue to decline,have terrible violence,sky high crime rates and a host of other problems to plague society until we get the hell out of nonsense such as NAFTA and begin to build and manufacture again.

    When we build we prosper,have pride in our work,our homes and our communities.
    America must regain her manufacturing greatness in order to rebuild our cities,our nation and to prosper again !

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (1 Mar 2014):

    Well captured, well said!! I agree with you about the decline of our beautiful cities. Corporate greed.....why build it here when they can do it so much cheaper in another country. Sad but true.

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