In Syracuse, our poverty is intertwined with our segregation; thus, the denial – and shortage – of Section 8 vouchers is a perpetuation of both, as these vouchers have the potential to serve as a ticket out of sometimes-apocalyptic circumstances, in which the destination is simply normalcy, or neighborhoods that harbor quality schools, safe parks and corners that serve as nothing more than an intersection of roads, rather than the center place of drug markets.
A study in Syracuse helps explain why LeBron’s greatness stretches beyond athletics. He is great because he rose above the reality of smothering socioeconomic conditions that most of us can’t imagine. He is great because he serves as a role model for any young person, anywhere, who wishes to work at a craft – and succeed in it – regardless of background. He was great, long before last night, when he and his team won Cleveland a championship.
Syracuse came alive this March and grabbed the nation’s attention when both the men and women’s basketball team secured spots in the NCAA Final 4. Cities such as Charleston and Chicago provide examples of how such civic pride and attention can be used more permanently, as a means of addressing economic realities and developing the city, in more ways than one.
Liz reminded me of a pocket watch: Beautiful on the outside, with a ticking-clock on the inside, which you could never fully understand at a mere glance. Alex, her friends and her family were the chain that held her up, although she absolutely shined on her own. Even before the accident, I always felt as though Liz embodied the idea of appreciating time, rather than simply knowing it.