Reserved No More, East Reeb Avenue, #columbus #ohio
It’s common to find houses on the south side of Columbus with handicap parking signs directly in front, clearly reserved for an ailing resident who lives there. Many of these residents are long time home owners who are elderly, naturally disabled and need easy access to their cars. It’s worth noting that there are also a variety of residents (young and old) who are stricken with respiratory ailments, cancer, paralysis, mental illness, etc.
Every now and then I find handwritten signs taped to the front doors of houses scribed with “No Smoking. Oxygen in Use”. Rx containers litter the alleys like common wrappers.
When compared to stable, economically viable communities, poverty has a way of accentuating debilitating conditions to almost appear common or the norm. Perhaps this is because health services in the area are rare or depleted. Insurance is lost or not an option. Nutritional and holistic choices are confined to what’s offered at the corner store or nearby gas station. Polluted air and increased allergens infiltrate the body and break down the immune system. Stressful living conditions often deplete the body’s energy or will to defend against outside factors.
Outside factors, including a fresh arson, played a huge roll in the eventual demise of this house.
What is the story behind this scene? Were residents living here before or after the fire? Did the disabled person die in the fire or survive only to be displaced?
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