The North Shore Story:

Walking Bob

By Willy James

“No, I’ll let you know. Not ready yet, I’ll let you know.”

– Walking Bob

Walking Bob is a documentary about a man who walks around in my neighborhood. He’s really well known to the people in the community on the lower Northside. You can often find him near the guard rail by the local beer distributor, Stedeford’s record store, or Lillen’s pizza shop.

“We talk politics sometimes, we talk the neighborhood sometimes. Bob is very savvy about what’s going on in this neighborhood. You know, he just keeps his eye open. If you want to know some things that are happening along East Ohio street, I’d say he probably knows as much about it as anyone.”

John Canning

“Give me the macaroni coleslaw!”

– Walking Bob

Do you know Bob?

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Story Credits

Author & Videographer: Willy James
Web Producer: Will Halim

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Are you angered by the death of George Floyd? We are.

Are you concerned that property destruction and violence are driving the focus away from peaceful and just demonstrations? We are.

Are you ready for Pittsburgh to go back to normal? We are not.

Murder in broad daylight, by agents of the state, is horrific and shocking and cannot stand.

But there are many other and more subtle ways to choke life from BIPOC, all very normal in the before times, such as:

All of this normal, accepted behavior is slow motion violence:  failing to act systematically, diligently and persistently, as documented by a scathing scientific study (commissioned by City of Pittsburgh) that indicates that Pittsburgh is the worst city in America for Black People.

Yes, we ALL want to feel comfortable and good about ourselves– displaying black screen as avatars, discussing/arguing in social media echo-chambers, posting public statements that you “stand with them.” But feeling comfortable without changing a thing at the expense of BIPOC, especially our Black brothers and sisters, can no longer be an option.

Please watch this video of Van Jones about latent danger of racism and then look at yourself at the mirror. Next, ask people in your own network and circle of influence to do the same.

Back to the old normal is not acceptable.

What are you going to do to create a better now?


Will Halim
Founding Director of Storyburgh


Storyburgh is run by freelancers/part-timers who each have own individual views. The opinion expressed here is my own and does not represent that of the entire group.


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