Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Faces of Over-the-Rhine

Latrell Walker

        In his work with neighborhood kids as a crew leader with IMPACT, Latrell Walker tells them to "stay off the corners, don't hang out," but they don't always listen to his advice.

        One young man in particular he thought he was making progress with. "I tried to bring him back, but he chose the streetcorner instead."

        That's where the trouble is.

        "In summer, a lot of them work for IMPACT and we tell 'em to stay in school, graduate and train for the real world," he says while sweeping along Findlay Market, "but they don't always listen."

        IMPACT employs and trains Over-the-Rhine adults, like Mr. Walker, and youngsters for projects aimed at improving the appearance of the neighborhood.

        "This area is hard hit with trash," he says. "Keeping it clean is hard. We run on donations, trying to keep kids busy and keep Cincinnati beautiful."

        He hasn't see a big difference in the neighborhood in the last year. "As far as the violence, it's the same," he says. "I've seen no change.

        "I've has a couple of friends who've gotten killed for nothin.' They were just in the wrong place, at the wrong time . . . weren't doing anything wrong, just got in the way of something bad."

        The key is to "stay off the corners," says the 32-year-old father of two daughters who spends his time working or visiting them in Laurel Homes.

        "Hanging is bad. Real bad. Nothin' but trouble."

-Joy Kraft

Faces of Over-the-Rhine
Restaurant owner Paul Sebring
Taft senior Darrel Shields
Social worker Angela Coleman
Sarah Center director Sister Jeanette Buehler
Jordanian grocer Taraq T.A. Adwani
Filmmaker Steve Gebhardt
Gallery owner Suzanna Terril
Beauty shop supplier Chong Kim
Teacher's aide Kemberley Alexander
Waitress Karla Davis
Teacher Sharon Brooks
Dock worker Leo Sneed
Police officer Michael Ammann
- Soup kitchen manager Denise McPherson
Artist Joseph M. Winterhalter
- Janitor Latrell Walker
Fund-raiser Torren "T.J." Partridge
School social worker Joe Wilmers
Rehabber Greg Badger
Medical student John Eckman
Treatment counselor Calvin W. Wooten
Photographer Jimmy Heath

The Police
Violence up, arrests down
- Changes made since April 2001
Q&A with Police Chief Streicher
Q&A with former F.O.P. president Keith Fangman

Neighbor to Neighbor
Community meetings produce results
Going beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
What's happening in 145 communities
A sampling of communities:
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Related Links
Neighbor to Neighbor home page
Matters of Race: Bridging the divide in Greater Cincinnati
On the Same Page Cincinnati
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Cincinnati 2001: Year of unrest
Unrest in the city: Archive of riot coverage
Unrest photo timeline
Jim Borgman on race

One Year Later
What were they thinking?
Too early to assess impact
Micheal Basnight's resolve
Violence part of life in OTR
CAN co-chair has no doubt
ACLU adds its Y-E-S to deal

Restaurant owner
Taft senior
Social worker
Sarah Center director
Jordanian grocer
Gallery owner
Beauty shop supplier
Teacher's aide
Dock worker
Police officer
Soup kitchen manager
School social worker
Medical student
Treatment counselor

Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race