The afternoon before the unveiling of the Magic Carpet Mosaic in front of the firehouse at the corner of Salisbury and Blair in the neighborhood known as Hyde Park -- which is also known as one of the most dangerous in the city -- Janet Sanders and Saaba Buddenhagen are dressed in sweatshirts, jeans and kneepads, working on their hands and knees on the sidewalk where the bus-stop mosaic has been installed. They're digging into the seams of the concrete, removing dirt and old sealant. Andy Weber, a fresh-faced young fireman, arrives to show them how to replace the old caulking with new. When Sanders describes him as the "patron saint" of the project (he's the one who took a jackhammer to the old sidewalk), he blushes and tries to deflect any argument... More >>>
By Jennifer Silverberg
Brendan Young Jr. and other members of the Hyde Park community survey their handiwork.