I really enjoy exploring old backyards. It’s like having in front of You gigantic postcard from the past. Forgotten (or almost) buildings, things left behind, and probably the most important: people who still care about this space. Spend some time with them, share a smile, show interest and respect. Then for sure they will share their stories and concerns.
I met Mrs. Ewa at one of those backyards. She was cleaning beer cans from the ground, I can only guess that were left by other neighbors. I heard from her the story of the devastated building which is in the backyard, how new owner of the tenement house treat tenants and how she love being part of small societies. Really pleasant discussion that started from literally one smile.