Ryan Hart

“I worked near Garfield, when walking around on those streets at night was dangerous. Now there’s everybody walking around, eating, laughing, listening to music. I’m just amazed.”

It was the first time that I went, the third Friday, near Garfield on Penn Avenue. I’m just amazed. I worked there five years ago when walking those streets at night was unheard of and dangerous. Now there’s everybody walking around, eating, laughing, listening to music – like, live music on the streets.

I’m a sous chef at a great restaurant in the area. The food industry is becoming such a big thing in the city. I mean, it’s a place of employment, but our restaurant group specifically employs so many guys out of a half-way house. I’ve met multiple friends that way. They’re all employees or past employees.

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