0153 Parking by the Prison (USA 080—revisit)

Trenton Travel Blog

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I visit Trenton once before--on my way to South America in 05 I think it was...

 I remember walking down a "skid row" kind of street and suddenly realizing that everyone was looking at me and coming towards me... one fellow muttered something about selling me drugs--I decided to turn around and get out of that street... One of the few times that I've done that--I'm not usually a "retreat" kind of guy.

 Well, now I'm back, this time with my guitar, hopefully to have a more positive experience.  I drive up until I’m fairly close to town and look for a place to park.  I park next to a high wall covered with colorful murals—take a closer look and realize that it’s a prison!  Well, I guess that should make it a pretty secure place to park…

 I set out to explore the town.  Kind of a mixed impression on the town... on one side of the street there'll be an abandoned old warehouse--on the other side there'll be an old warehouse converted into a spiffy little shopping center... Overall, Trenton does have a bit of a grungy feel--it's one of those cities that never fully recovered from the loss of industry--and the riots back in the 60s didn't help much either...  But folks are friendly... see a lot of folks chilling with the neighbors out in front of their row houses out on the East Side...

 Nice little parkbenching spot near the War Monument (a major revolutionary battle was fought in Trenton)

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