by Alice Speri
An out-of-towner driving through Ferguson, Missouri on West Florissant Avenue on Friday morning might easily have missed the signs of the protests and clashes that have dominated this stretch of suburbs for the past two weeks.
In fact, the signs are there: most stores are boarded up, with "open" signs sprayed over the wooden panels that used to be glass windows. The burnt down shell of the Quiktrip gas station — which is at once Ferguson's "Ground Zero" and its "Maidan" — is still there, surrounded by a metal fence that was not there a few days ago.
The area got brand new "I heart Ferguson" signs, planted in every courtyard and hanging from every pole, and messages of hope and love are all over town — on colored signs drawn by children, or on the boards covering up the Ferguson Market and Liquor store, the site of looting last week.
|Photo by Claire Ward/VICE News|
There will be no healing without justice.
'Ferguson is just a metaphor for urban America.'
in front of the makeshift memorial where Mike Brown was killed, they've set up a voter registration table #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/Puj339x9o6
— Jessica Lee (@BusquedaJess) August 16, 2014
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