15104 More then a Blighted Neighborhood

17 08 2009
Some of the abondoned buildings

Some of the abondoned buildings

The First Carnegie Library in the USA

The First Carnegie Library in the USA

Hawkins Village the way it looks Now since 1996 beautiful and well tended

Hawkins Village the way it looks Now since 1996 beautiful and well tended

The baseball field

The baseball field

Mayor John Fetterman or Mayor John

Mayor John Fetterman or Mayor John

 

According to the New York Times article 15104 or Braddock Pa is one of the worst towns in America and to the Outside world I guess this could be true but to the people who live in the zipcode of 15104 ,that includes Braddock, North Braddock, and Rankin, its home.  Yes it has a lot of problems but it has a lot of love too and despite the poverty of this area the Residents here are happy and live a decent life.  We relay on each other.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/us/01braddock.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1  is not an offensive article its very true and the residents weren’t insulted.  Mayor John Fetterman would not allow that to happen.

Mayor John Fetterman is not from the hood. He wasn’t born here nor was he born poor.  He attended Harvard and holds a Master’s Degree in a place where a lot of people do not even have an high school diploma.   He chose to have our zipcode tattered on his arm which is something perhaps outsiders wouldn’t understand but to the people in the hood he is a hero.  He also wears the names of people who died on his arms which is something else we respect and admire.

So what is good about this area?  Its people are the nicest. When I lived in Hawkins Village shown above and my daughter disappered from the “center” at age five the entire community came out to help me look for her.  She was in another person’s apartment and safe but the entire community stopped cooking and started looking for her.  What we also do is support each other through the rough times and share what we have with each other. 

Yes we have negatives but we also have positives and thanks to the New York times for pointing out some of the positives.  Thank you to Mayor John for supporting us and believing in our community when no one else does.  Especially thank you to the communites of  Braddock, North Braddock, and Rankin for making 15104 the greatest community on earth.