Sally Nur, 2012
In the Vickery Meadow neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, Sally Nur manages two adjacent apartment complexes: the Ivy Apartments and the Sunchase Apartments. These apartment complexes are located two blocks from Five Points, an intersection reported to be among the most criminal and violent areas in the city.
Prospective tenants with felony convictions are barred from living on the properties. Some do not take this policy well. Nur claims to have been threatened countless times, adding that she has had her tires slashed and was almost run over twice by angry applicants.
For her and her family’s safety, she wished to remain anonymous.
This photograph, taken a couple weeks before Valentine’s Day, shows Nur in silhouette at the Ivy Apartments Leasing Office. The top-center window was said to have been damaged when someone threw a rock at the office.
Many of Nur’s tenants are refugees. Built for young urban singles, Nur says the apartments have become transitionary housing for an ebb and flow of refugees from Russia, Bosnia, Iraqi, the Sudan and Nepal, among other nations.