In many of America’s inner cities, there are street corners and vacant lots, porch steps and ‘elder’ trees that have long served as informal gathering places for sharing stories, playing games, socializing and entertaining among residents. But those locations, especially in neighborhoods that suffer from blight and neglect, have also become breeding grounds for drug dealing, prostitution and other criminal activities. In an effort to reclaim the street corner as a site for gathering, Story Corners will work with local residents to record, rehearse and perform their own stories to be shared in a series of performances on street corners throughout the Tenth Street Historic District. In addition, design interventions will explore how these corners can be enhanced to foster the activities for which the corner gained cultural significance.

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