Each weekday, thousands of people ride Bus 19 through the heart of some of Boston's poorest neighborhoods. Bound for school, bound for work, bound for grocery stores and soup kitchens. As the state and nation struggle to emerge from the depths of recession, a team of Globe reporters and photographers is traveling the route of Bus 19, chronicling the little-known rhythms of life in a part of the city that engages in the struggle each day.

Bus 19

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How hard should it be to move past a criminal life into an honest one? Step off Bus 19, and drop in on the Boston Workers Alliance, and you quickly get a sense of how very hard it is.

Bus 19

At large on a network of need

Iris Soares is an uneasy person when her cart is empty, and it is empty now. But it is just after 6 in the morning. The cart is always empty at this hour.