"The city is a scary place," several said to me while I'm on assignment. I get a disgusting look when I tell them I live in the city. "Are you scared that you will get shot?"
Yes, there are shootings and incidents all the time, but what city does not have those unpleasant street scars?
Since the weather is getting warmer, I wanted to explore those "scary" places by jogging around where I call home. Surprisingly, there are more gems that I could ever imagine.
The city has a sweet charm with old cathedral architectures along each neighborhood, there are stoop watchers and the charismatic old seniors. The negative perception blankets it's positive facade. One way to change the perception is to immerse yourself in the community.