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JEROME JACKSON, executive director of Operation Better Block in Homewood. (File Photo)

JEROME JACKSON, executive director of Operation Better Block in Homewood. (File Photo)

(This is part 2 of a 3 part series)

It may appear to be just another day in the neighborhood of Homewood—people going to work, cars driving by and children walking to school, some of them with parent or older siblings. Yes, it seems to be just another day in Homewood, just like the days in many other neighborhoods. However if one takes a closer look, the tragic never-ending presence of danger looms large over this neighborhood that has been plagued by open drug sales, prostitution, poverty and shootings.

Children and adults have to walk through streets to school, work or to the store that expose them to sights similar to a television show where the bad guys hang out on the corner and being in the wrong place at the wrong time may cost them their lives.

Day after day it appears that nothing changes except the faces of those who find themselves somehow transported to a place to feed drug habits, hire a prostitute, sell drugs or shoot someone. The days in Homewood are often filled with an atmosphere of despair. Or so it may seem to those who do not live in this once diverse, thriving community.

But, Homewood is still full of people who live their lives just like millions of others who live in the United States, working, raising their children, shopping or visiting with friends, just like on “Leave it to Beaver,” or “The Cosby Show.” Although the problems these residents face cannot always be wrapped up in 30 minutes, their lives are reasonable happy and promising. Visitors can knock on many doors in the evening and witness families eating dinner, playing video games, helping children with their homework and enjoying their lives.

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