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Car Crash
It’s harder to live in the ghetto than it is to live not in the ghetto.  Saying that outloud to myself, it seems absurdly obvious ( and a little grammatically awkward). I spend a lot of time thinking about why we chose to move into the inner city, what we were like back then, and...
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First rental demo
“When you pay rent somewhere, you pay to feel safe, not to worry about if your house is going to catch on fire.”  That’s a quote from the article linked
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For the number of times I have been asked if I am worried about getting shot when I explain to people where I live, you would assume I’ve seen a ton of drive-by shootings. In reality I hadn’t seen one until this past Saturday. My family and I are very lucky to have not witnessed...
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Alex Bruzan Running in the Ghetto
I’m sure I could come up with a list longer than 5, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Barring injury or some other, what now seems unlikely, set of circumstances, on December 31st, 2021 I will have ran for at least 3 miles every day for 5 straight years. If you told me starting today...
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Car Crash
A 16 year old died a few weeks ago because he crashed a car he stole. His life was valuable. All lives are valuable, but I wonder if he didn’t see the value in his life.   We all have made some dumb decisions, but his dumb decisions shouldn’t equate to him loosing his life....
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This weekend we saw three people get arrested. Two of them were Black. Out of the three people, the white man getting arrested was clearly treated more humane then the Black man and woman. I have a lot of feelings around this but as we were discussing it with the kids and as I was...
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Stairs on Playground
What would happen if those that needed the most got the most? This is my neighborhood playground. It’s been missing these stairs for at least a year, the bigger slide was burned down before my kids were born and this big panel is missing on it. It’s not nice at all and I rarely see...
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Megan Bruzan
I used to worry that I was going to say something wrong when I talked about race.  I used to worry I was going to offend someone when talking about injustices and the poor.  I used to worry that I didn’t know what I was talking about since I am a white privileged woman.   The...
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Vacation
We just got back from vacation and although it was nice, I had this nagging feeling the whole time. I kept thinking about how so many people in my zip code can’t go on vacation. So many can’t go out to eat at a nice restaurant.  Vacations aren’t bad, but the fact that not everyone...
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53206 Podcast
For 15 years Alex and Meg have lived in the 53206 zip code – the poorest zip code in Wisconsin. Naively, the thought they were moving in to change the world. Predictably, that didn’t happen, but the desire to create lasting change in their neighborhood never left the two. On this episode of the 53206...
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