Cleveland's Secret Gallery: Part 4 - How to find it.
I won't keep you guessing any longer. You will find the Free Wall at West 26th and Swift. Go ahead and Map It.
You get to Swift off of West 25th Street, but you have to look carefully or you will miss it. The road is south of Lorain Avenue, look for it on the right, immediately after you drive over this bridge. The road is in very bad shape, as it hasn't been maintained for a long time. If you don't see Swift, you can also turn right on the next side street - Queen , which also gets you to W.26th. Turn right on W.26th and if cars aren't blocking the street, drive to the end.
You may be able to catch a glimpse of the Free Wall from West 25th if you watch the west side of the street and pay attention. It also goes by other names in the neighborhood. I've also heard it referred to as "Fun Wall", "the Plaza", and simply "26th".
Since 1987, I've taught high school in the inner-city public schools of Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Municipal School District is a system fraught with the challenges inherent to a large district and an impoverished city. I am publishing this journal in response to those who are quick to criticize "those lazy, greedy, teachers". I offer you a glimpse into my world.
I have always been a student of behavior. As a child, I would tame wild creatures and befriend strays.
When I grew up, my natural empathy helped me become adept at observing, understanding and predicting human behavior, as well as discovering and studying what inspires and motivates people.
Especially fascinating, are relationships; who we choose to associate with, and why; how we interact with one another, and how we affect each others lives.
Although this blog dates back to 2004, it wasn't until 2007 when I finally purchased a digital camera, that I began adding photos to my posts. Scroll down the sidebar and you will find slide shows relating to topics I've posted aboout over this past year. Click on any photo to enlarge it.