Hard.Land – Big Jim, Youngstown

Espen Rasmussen

Video & Photography: Espen Rasmussen
Edit: Espen Rasmussen
Reporter: Roy F. Andersen
Music: Cary Kanno – Fun Under the Sun

Former drug dealer and ex-con James London, known as “Big Jim”, moved to Youngstown, Ohio, to find a larger place to live. The Idora neighbourhood where he moved had been devastated by the collapse of the steel mill in the 1970s and succumbed to crime and social exclusion. Setting up a Blockwatch Neighbourhood Group, “Big Jim” was able to bring hope to some of Idora’s most underprivileged residents. He’s now considered somewhat of a local hero.

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