Back at the Levee
Today is another scorching hot day with a high temperature above 100 degrees (we’ve set a record for those in St. Louis this summer), yet I still managed to get out and do some work towards my ongoing Levee Project. On this excursion, I concentrated my focus on an area north of downtown near where a large homeless community, called “Hopeville”, was located until it was removed by the city in May. There has been lots of conversation about the morality of this action, so I won’t go into that here, except to say that I see parallels between this place and other places of struggle along the river’s edge, whether manmade or naturally occurring. A commonality for all life-forms choosing to live alongside the Mississippi River seems to be instability of resources, whether food, shelter, or plain old, dry land.