There may have been no funeral, but these shootings affect everyone in the neighborhood, and make it that much harder for young residents to have stable childhoods and grow into well-adjusted adults.

It wasn’t until after he returned home and saw pictures of smiling children in his local newspaper that Harding realized something about the dozens of kids he had interviewed in Boston. “The kids had all developed this hard look, a half-blank, half-scowl kind of look,” he says. “It’s very rare to see the kids smile.”

Email the author
David Bernstein: dbernstein@phx.com

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  | 
Related: Streets of sorrow, Framed?, Dead Kids, More more >
  Topics: News Features , Science and Technology, Harvard University, Social and Behavioral Sciences,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MRS. WARREN GOES TO WASHINGTON  |  March 21, 2013
    Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
  •   MARCH MADNESS  |  March 12, 2013
    It's no surprise that the coming weekend's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have become politically charged, given the extraordinary convergence of electoral events visiting South Boston.
  •   LABOR'S LOVE LOST  |  March 08, 2013
    Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009.
  •   AFTER MARKEY, GET SET, GO  |  February 20, 2013
    It's a matter of political decorum: when an officeholder is running for higher office, you wait until the election has been won before publicly coveting the resulting vacancy.
  •   RED BLUES: SCOTT BROWN EXPOSES THE EMPTY MASSACHUSETTS GOP BENCH  |  February 15, 2013
    It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

 See all articles by: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN