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Danger City: 1942

Danger City: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Young boy standing in the doorway of his home on Seaton Road in the Northwest section. His leg was cut off by a streetcar while he was playing in the street." Photo by Gordon Parks. View full size.

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Any idea what the building looked like back then? Would love to find a color photo of the area

Wow what memories

I grew up on Seaton Street from approx. 1963 to 1969. Been pretty much bought up by the real estate craze. We used to have block parties and a kool lil Jewish store on the corner. I was in love with the girl across the street, she kissed me once. After that her mother kept her on lockdown when I was around. I still love her even now. I went to the elementary school across the street. I missed the point here and I apologize. I deeply regret the loss of this young mans leg. We need to be aware of the dangers of public transportation, gov or private. It must have been a lonely life and a period of true remorse for this child. For that I am sorry.

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According to Zillow, homes like this one go for over half a million bucks these days. They sure look better.

As it is today

1720 Seaton Street NW.

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