We Spend a Lot of Time Destroying Dreams

Soul City, North Carolina

Photo tken in Spring 2006 by w:User:Tijuana Brass. Released in the public domain.

I felt a little silly making everyone ride with me 20 minutes off the highway to an overgrown cul-de-sac with a crumbling curb. “Where are the houses?” my buddy asked. The once-cleared lots were slowly being taken back over by scrub trees. “They were never built,” I say. We stand there a minute, someone points out a fire hydrant covered in kudzu, and…