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68 Blocks: Life, Death, Hope: Part 3 of 5

Time to celebrate and to worry

On Hendry Street, a new sense of stability is unraveling. On Norton, a gang target plans a peace festival, which police fear will only draw trouble. Nothing is easy in Bowdoin-Geneva, but no one is giving in.

This project was reported and written by Andrew Ryan, Meghan E. Irons, Akilah Johnson, Maria Cramer, and Jenna Russell

In his new house on Hendry Street, Tony Van Der Meer sits at his desk, his reading glasses on, staring at the screen of his laptop and lazily hunting the Internet for images of African culture. It’s his hobby and profession. A muggy June breeze wafts through an open window into his third-floor bedroom.

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