Story 12


The Pigeon Boy

 A young boy wanders on his own through what used to be a buzzing area where he would play with his friends from the projects.  Now, most of the tenants have moved out and the windows are boarded up, leaving just a few residents and the pigeons.

The custom when a monarch dies is to cry out, “the king is dead, long live the king”.  Nothing really changes.  One king or queen dies and the next one takes over.  It is why I called my photo-essay on the demolition of the projects in East Los Angeles ‘The Projects Are Dead, Long Live the Projects’.  As the old projects are pulled down so the tenants are shuffled off to new housing projects – nothing much changes. 

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