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BuzzFeed News by Darren Sands
Barack and Michelle Obama are seriously considering moving to New York after his presidency, and building the Obama Library at the city’s Columbia University, sources told BuzzFeed News.
Columbia’s bid on the library — and the notion of the Obamas in New York — has been widely viewed as a kind of courtesy to the Big Apple, with the universal assumption among even the Obamas’ inner circle that the couple would move back to Chicago in January 2017. But sources familiar with the process said their thinking has changed in recent months, the result both of messy Chicago politics and a personal craving for a new beginning when they leave the White House for the last time as residents. The first family fears the Chicago they left is not one they want to return to, and a source close to the family said the long-shot New York library bid has emerged as a serious alternative.
“It’s real,” an administration official told BuzzFeed News.
At the corner of Taylor and Eddy almost anything can happen, and it does. One day you might see the blind leading the blind. Another twenty drug transactions. Addicts shooting up. Addicts smoking crack. Women taking a crap. Expect to see a penis every day there, too. Black, white, Native American, Asian, Middle Eastern, Mixed, men in wheelchairs, we've seen them all.
Blind people leading each other, Taylor at Eddy St, San Francisco
After all there are no public restrooms in this area and people have to go somewhere. Last Sunday, Freida lay in the street at Taylor and Eddy while two men tried to hold her down. The scene came about after Freida had a hit of something, which was probably inhaled from a crack pipe, the hood’s most popular illegal stimulant, that led to Freida's frantic fit. Though really Freida can't scream, so she mutters, but it's muttered in a fit.
Freida is a Tenderlin fixture, a short African-American woman with good hair she wears in a soft afro.She’s often seen strutting down the street in shorts or a baggy potato-sack dress drooling at the mouth and begging anyone, “Sir, sir...can you spare a dollar? Sir...Sir!” Yes, she gets louder when ignored. So just look her in the eye and tell her, "No, I don't have a spare dollar," and keep moving.
When that tactic fails, Freida has been known to walk right into traffic and not move an inch until a motorist gets out of his or her car and gives her a dollar. With a dollar and several more dollars hidden in her hand, Freida is happy and goes back on the sidewalk. Traffic moves again while Freida runs down a dealer.
However, there have been times when no one got out of their car out of fear of being in the Tenderloin. What does Freida do? She lays down in the middle of the street in front of a car. A desperate measure that works since a motorist then jumps out and drops several dollars on her breast. Freida would probably make a good sales person since she’s willing to humiliate herself no matter what to earn just a buck or two. Someone ought to hire her for that.
A police officer walking the beat finally arrived at the corner of Taylor and Eddy after hearing all the screams and shouts and commotion from practically everyone save Freida.
He knows Freida like we all do, and figured Freida was just having a bad trip and needed to be left a alone. That seemed to work. A kind man gave Freida a helping hand up from her unsightly disturbance. At last, Freida’s trip into a dark tunnel we couldn’t see was over.
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