the 300 block

In a large city, people find safe subcultures to cling to, like shared ethnicity or income or occupation. For the families and friends of the 300 block, the tie is proximity. They share a city block, about a square mile. City planners had set this block off as housing for young student doctors and nurses — as well as lower income hospital staff — of the nearby teaching hospital Sacred Hope Hospital. A number of lovely, turn-of-the-century apartment buildings sit in the middle of the block. This creates a sort of town within a city. Locals get their morning caffeine fix in the independent coffee shop on one corner. The couple in B4 runs the book store on the ground floor. Local inhabitants even have a bodega that handles most of the basic grocery.

Property owners still adhere to many of the regulations put on the block at its founding, and as a result, the population is about seventy percent medical students and other hospital staff. The rest are largely retirees on a fixed income and low income families.

There are a number of schools in the area, among other Wellington School where many of the areas troubled youths go. A while back, the school went from being a public school to being owned by Edu Tech Corp.

the 300 block

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