Rick Creative director and home gardener


Returning to the Scene of the Crime

After weeks of pounding rains in California that caused serious flooding, 70 mph winds, downed trees and power outages,
I had to travel to California's Central Valley for an event – a hair-raising experience.
Driving back to the SF Bay Area, I stopped in Fresno to see a seriously ill friend. I went back to my childhood neighborhood –a neighborhood that has been erased by "Urban Renewal".
It is hard to imagine a busy section of Fresno that was once thriving with commerce. Nestled among small homes was an abundance of multi-cultural “working class” families–and fruit trees.
Armenians, Latinos, Japanese, Italians and "Okies" –
the cultural stew worked!
As a 6-year-old child, I walked to Emerson Elementary through the streets of L, M and Van Ness. It was always an adventure – the aromas of garlic & lamb, chorizo & tortillas,
fried chicken, and Rainbow Bakery making their daily breads.
My nostrils and imagination danced. Today our neighborhood is a ghost town.
This is the crime.   


  • Rick SotoClient
  • * RickPhotographer & writer
Project featured: on 14th April 2023

The scene of the crime