The Scarlet Letter

I thought I’d share a picture of the “scarlet letters” currently gracing Manchester’s foreclosed-upon and otherwise empty and abandoned buildings:

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As Rob pointed out during the second podcast, these signs do remind one of the X’s that were painted on New Orleans homes after Katrina and used by rescuers to communicate when each house had been searched and if there were any casualites found inside. Here’s a picture of such an X I took while in the Lower Ninth Ward in December, 2006:

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– Dandy Will

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