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I will return tomorrow with updates about my Nashville readings, but I was just reading the Times Free Press and this article caught my eye. It seems that this is destined to be a week where I get to learn about young people doing some pretty cool things because of the vision and dedication of a small group of people. This photography camp seems like a great idea and a lovely testament to the real world power of art education. I wish I’d known about it sooner.

Chattanoogans, note that the Girls Inc. campers will be displaying their photos from the week at an exhibition tomorrow (Friday) at 5 p.m. at First Lutheran Church on McCallie Ave.  I will be unable to make it myself, but I hope some of you can go.

Also, I couldn’t help but notice that line in the article about the the girls sharing cameras. Hmm, I’m pretty willing to do my part to rectify that situation. I wonder how many they might need to have one child to a camera?

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I have to hand it to the Times Free Press – for a city the size of Chattanooga, it’s a darn good paper. I subscribe and they include enough articles relevant to this blog to keep me posting for a long time.  (I’m also reading an excessive amount about the Vols and some local gal who is apparently a finalist on that craptrain known as American Idol, but I guess they have to sell papers somehow.)

Anyway, this was the front page story yesterday. I’m impressed by the reporter’s attention to detail and her willingness to give residents of the Harriet Tubman housing development a voice.  The Tubman homes look almost exactly like the projects which were across the street from my junior high school and are described in “17th and Jo Johnston” – an essay in my book.  Those units were ultimately torn down and replaced with Hope VI Housing.  The new units are less dense and certainly appear more habitable, but they can’t serve as many people and, as the TFP reporter makes abundantly clear, tearing down anyone’s home brings up some complex issues.

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