Audio tour

Audio tourOut of the Blocks: 2100 Edmondson

Only in English

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  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    The corner diner, Soul Source, is the hub of the 2100 block of Edmondson Avenue. The manager, Joyce, has been serving breakfast to the locals for 30 years. Her restaurant looks out onto a West Baltimore block scarred by gunshots and stabbings. But the block is more than its scars. It’s a block where a Pentecostal pastor keeps her faith in the face of suffering, where a reformed drug dealer works as a kitchen appliance repairman, and where a political reporter from Kashmir has found sanctuary working behind the counter at a sandwich shop. It’s a block where a former Nigerian soccer star operates an auto repair shop. In his car lot, he lets a homeless man sleep in a van. Next door is an army veteran who issued air-strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan. And across the street is a tire repairman who’s trying to beat a 30-year heroin addiction. Crystal, who works in the kitchen at Soul Source, sums it up like this: It’s not always peaches and cream, but this is a place that you know is always going to be real.

  3. 1 Soul Source. Can I help you?
  4. 2 We're Pentecostal, so we like to sing. We like to shout. We like to clap.
  5. 3 I used to work as an investigative reporter. Journalists in Pakistan are under danger.
  6. 4 We call it, 'Making the gun talk.' That's the way they do it at the Indianapolis 500.
  7. 5 I'm the first one here, last one to go.
  8. 6 Before a child can walk, the child has to crawl. Whatever you're doing, slow down.
  9. 7 See all these blankets and quilts? I got enough in here to keep me warm.
  10. 8 I opened the door and tried to push him out. That's when he fired the first shot.
  11. 9 The police knew who we were. We were ghetto superstars in our own rights.
  1. Audio tour Summary

    The corner diner, Soul Source, is the hub of the 2100 block of Edmondson Avenue. The manager, Joyce, has been serving breakfast to the locals for 30 years. Her restaurant looks out onto a West Baltimore block scarred by gunshots and stabbings. But the block is more than its scars. It’s a block where a Pentecostal pastor keeps her faith in the face of suffering, where a reformed drug dealer works as a kitchen appliance repairman, and where a political reporter from Kashmir has found sanctuary working behind the counter at a sandwich shop. It’s a block where a former Nigerian soccer star operates an auto repair shop. In his car lot, he lets a homeless man sleep in a van. Next door is an army veteran who issued air-strikes in Iraq and Afghanistan. And across the street is a tire repairman who’s trying to beat a 30-year heroin addiction. Crystal, who works in the kitchen at Soul Source, sums it up like this: It’s not always peaches and cream, but this is a place that you know is always going to be real.

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