- Posted May 5, 2014 by
While Cleveland continues to try and return itself to the superstar city status it once boasted, struggling neighborhoods like that of the monster Ariel Castro lurk around too many corners. This is a brief look at the nearby surroundings in which Castro’s “House of Horrors” stood on Seymour Avenue.
1. Castro’s home, a day before it would be demolished last year.
2. An abandoned building at one end of Seymour Avenue.
3. Bystanders and police keep watch over the infamous street where unthinkable torture took place.
4. One street over, artwork on the perimeter of a children’s daycare attempts to brighten the area.
5. Twinkie Avenue, one block away, used to be home to a large Twinkie factory back when Cleveland was a manufacturing giant.
6. A smokestack rises above part of the old Twinkie factory.
7. An abandoned, run-down apartment complex across the street from Castro’s home.
8. Graffiti adorns another abandoned building on Castro’s street.
9. A stained-glass window of a church that sits at one end of Seymour Avenue, where Castro’s captives could hear bells tolling on Sunday mornings.
10. This small simple flower grows next to a children’s tire swing in an empty lot three doors down from Castro’s “House of Horrors”. It is not unlikely that Castro may have brought his young captive daughter to this swing to play.