(7.6.17) My time spent here at Saint Luke’s Foundation has made me look at the neighborhood with new eyes and made me think about how I can be more involved. One day, staff took me and Angelique on a neighborhood tour, and what I saw was eye opening.
We saw a lot of the buildings that were old looking and had little color. Then we went about a mile down the road, (University Circle area), and you see all these nice buildings and Cleveland Clinic has and some new construction along Chester Avenue. We came back up, drove through Larchmere, Shaker Square and then along Buckeye road. It was nice to see how the Love Lunes public art – made the street brighter. We ended the tour in the parking lot of where Giant Eagle used to be.
This tour showed me that our neighborhood needs more artwork, playgrounds, and gardens so people won’t have to see the same abandoned homes and trash up and down their street. The city should also set up more community events so that the people here in the neighborhood can be close and love one another. Interning at Saint Luke’s has me made want to change our community for the better day by day.
Te’yon Stewart is a rising senior at JFK E3agle Academy, a CMSD high school focused on social justice.
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