Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Faces of Over-the-Rhine

Jordanian grocer
Tareq ‘T.A.’ Adwani

        Tareq ‘T.A.’ Adwani, 39, of Newtown is a native of Jordan who owns the Circle A Market, 1304 Main St. He has been part of the Main Street scene since 1988, when he opened his first convenience store, the Jordan Market. In the past year, he says, Over-the-Rhine has gotten worse.

        He recently spent five hours in court after being burglarized. ‘‘They had him on video (on his store’s surveillance tapes), and he still got off with only 30 days,’’ Mr Adwani says.

        Since the riots, even children have become a threat, he says.

        ‘‘Little kids, they’ll come up to your car (demanding money). And if you catch someone shoplifting, they say, ‘You’re picking on me just because I’m black.’ ’’

        Nonetheless, he has pride in the neighborhood. ‘‘None of the kids I, I won’t say ‘raised,’ but who I’ve been around, were in the riots. They (the rioters) came in from outside.’’

        His store was very hard hit in the riots; his windows were smashed five times.

        ‘‘We need more security down here,’’ he says. ‘‘The city gives all that money to the department stores, to Saks, but the small-business owner gets nothing.’’

— Larry Nager

Faces of Over-the-Rhine
Restaurant owner Paul Sebring
Taft senior Darrel Shields
Social worker Angela Coleman
Sarah Center director Sister Jeanette Buehler
- Jordanian grocer Taraq T.A. Adwani
Filmmaker Steve Gebhardt
Gallery owner Suzanna Terril
Beauty shop supplier Chong Kim
Teacher's aide Kemberley Alexander
Waitress Karla Davis
Teacher Sharon Brooks
Dock worker Leo Sneed
Police officer Michael Ammann
Soup kitchen manager Denise McPherson
Artist Joseph M. Winterhalter
Janitor Latrell Walker
Fund-raiser Torren "T.J." Partridge
School social worker Joe Wilmers
Rehabber Greg Badger
Medical student John Eckman
Treatment counselor Calvin W. Wooten
Photographer Jimmy Heath

The Police
Violence up, arrests down
- Changes made since April 2001
Q&A with Police Chief Streicher
Q&A with former F.O.P. president Keith Fangman

Neighbor to Neighbor
Community meetings produce results
Going beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
What's happening in 145 communities
A sampling of communities:
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Related Links
Neighbor to Neighbor home page
Matters of Race: Bridging the divide in Greater Cincinnati
On the Same Page Cincinnati
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Cincinnati 2001: Year of unrest
Unrest in the city: Archive of riot coverage
Unrest photo timeline
Jim Borgman on race

One Year Later
What were they thinking?
Too early to assess impact
Micheal Basnight's resolve
Violence part of life in OTR
CAN co-chair has no doubt
ACLU adds its Y-E-S to deal

Restaurant owner
Taft senior
Social worker
Sarah Center director
Jordanian grocer
Gallery owner
Beauty shop supplier
Teacher's aide
Dock worker
Police officer
Soup kitchen manager
School social worker
Medical student
Treatment counselor

Violence up, arrests down
Changes since April 2001
Q&A with Streicher
Q&A with Keith Fangman

Meetings produce results
Beyond polite silence
What your neighbors said
What do you think?
In your community
Mount Healthy
Pleasant Ridge
What institutions are doing

Neighbor to Neighbor
Matters of Race
On the Same Page
Live Without Hate
Common Ground
Year of unrest
Riot news archive
Unrest photos
Jim Borgman on race