Some define a city by its people. Others by its history, architecture or surrounding landscape. I found that in the capital city of Topeka, Kansas, that character can best be found in it’s homes in the hood.

It’s where the weather beaten and run down, the hard work of sweat and tears shine the brightest.

The Victorian style still glimmers past the overgrown weeds and peeling paint. Pillars stand tall and hold up the remnants of a proud people. Those that remember better days sit in rocking chairs on rickety porches watching the world pass by.

Rusty cars from last century are guardians of empty lots. Faded wood garages with half open doors invite you in to discover secrets within….

in the hood of the community called Washburn.

Wench, bring my ale, what say you?

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