14 thoughts on “SE 12th Avenue, 1973

  1. From Portland Maps info it looks like they are constructing a “51 and over” multi unit apartment building. I’m not sure I can tell who “they” is.

  2. that house looks fast even when standing still . . .
    I love that the kids were perfectly welcome in the work zone even if the construction worker standing guard.

  3. My recollection is that “steel thing’ was a sculpture that David Cotter built for the kids, and I think it got removed because someone realized that it might be a danger.

  4. “that house looks fast even when standing still . . .
    I love that the kids were perfectly welcome in the work zone even if the construction worker standing guard.”

    Up until the mid 1970’s kids were able to access a lot of areas that today are taboo even for adults..Railroad engineers regularly took their own children, relatives children and even neighborhood children for cab rides in their locomotives. My mother who was born in 1926 remembered cab rides with her uncle who was a Southern Pacific engineer in the 30’s. I am sure some of the iron workers on skyscrapers did the same. Even during the 50’s and 60’s children were around construction work sites and were just told by the workmen to be careful. i remember having a job helping the butcher in the local market when I was 12-13 years old even though I was not allowed to do anything too dangerous. But kids did do a lot more than they are allowed to do today and in a lot of ways I think it is detrimental. Today adults do most of the jobs that kids used to do like newspaper delivery(I had a paper route), lawn mowing(I used to have 4-5 lawns that I mowed). farm labor(I used to pick berries and my mom used to work all summer picking beans and other things), working in restaurants(which I stated when I was 16), I could go on and on. I started working when I was around 10 years old not because I had to but because I wanted to buy luxury things that my parents would not buy for me. Not that I was ever deprived of anything but if I wanted Levis jeans instead of JC Penney jeans I had to pay the difference between the two. If I wanted something bad enough I went out and worked for it. I never was deprived of any basic necessities,

  5. I remember Penny’s version of “Converse all star tennis shoes’. Not as cool as the real thing but close.

  6. Ha, I was always put on the roof to paint the chimneys of houses my step dad was working on as a contractor when he was helping develop new subdivisions in northern Florida near Eglin AFB. I started working with him when I was 12. Would have started younger had he and my Mom met sooner. I mowed lawns, painted houses, caulked windows, you name it. I saved up to buy fancy shoes my parents couldn’t afford (Like those sweet Nike Cortez or Brooks running shoes) or the calculator watch that made math class a breeze. Seems like it must have been sometime during the 90’s when that sort of thing stopped. Too bad, I learned a lot by working hard and being in “dangerous” places.

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