Washington Academy as it looked in 2008, before it closed. This
is a view from the corner of Elmwood Ave. and Sanford Street.
Elmwood Ave., Sanford St.,
The same corner view in 2013.
The front entrance, boarded up.
The building was abandoned by
the City when new Cicely Tyson Elementary School was built.
Problems: While I was taking the
above photo of the front entrance, a woman walking two pit bulls
came by, released the dogs from their leashes and they promptly
ran into the front school yard through that open gate to do their
business. It seems that the school yard has become a neighborhood
dog run. Fallen tree branches have piled up against the building.
The back entrance to the school gym
Problems: The light above the
door is on, showing that we, the taxpayers, are still paying the
electric bill for the school. I could also hear a constant, but
faint, beeping as if from some perpetual alarm going off deep
inside the school.