I write a lot about my current living situation towards the end of The One Year Daily Grind, so I thought some of you might like an "advanced screening" about my neighborhood. Last October my husband and I joined an intentional Christian community and hospitality house in northeast central Durham, NC, which is basically considered a ghetto. Economic and racial injustice, gang activity, and crime have contributed to 30% of the homes being borded up or abandoned, although there are also little pockets of life and stability--including our block (Vale and Vine Streets).
We have amazing neighbors who are very passionate about this community and have formed an organization called "Uplift East Durham." Our neighbor-across-the-street, Aidil, and our housemate David are the main drive behind this group. Updates are posted here: http://uplifteastdurham.blogspot.com/. Enjoy!