19th ward

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Evangela Stanley is nursing an injured knee Thursday as she brings in supplies and a shelf she got for Christmas into the People’s Choice Kitchen. Her restaurant is on the busy corner of Thurston Road and Brooks Avenue in the 19th Ward.

Stanley made headlines this month by telling customers to pay what they can for their meal.

“$3, $4, $5, whatever they could afford, I'll make sure they could eat,” said Stanley. 

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Zola Brown has spent most of the last decade involved with the 19th Ward Community Association and became its president just a few months ago.

Over cheesy grits and coffee at the Arnett Cafe, Brown said the neighborhood is in transition.