Photos for Anthony Shadid's story in the NYTimes describing the state of Cairo after the revolution by focusing on Imbaba.
Milk is delivered house to house on a motorcycle from the agricultural outskirts of Imbaba to the congested central area. Like many residents of Imbaba the milk-man moved to Cairo when he was young in search of a job the neighborhood expanded through his generation little original urban planning or government services and infrastructure was patched together.
A side-street of the wedding is prepared for the bride and a mainly female party. During a wedding a street is taken over and filled with seating, a stage, and a large incense burner at the entrance. Other neighborhoods have moved their weddings to hotels and special venues, but in Imbaba they are a chance for the whole street to gather and celebrate.
Across the street from the Church of the Virgin Mohamad Ahmed sells roasted corn beside a christian stationary sales-man and a muslim fruit-seller. All of them emphasize that there is unity among religions in Imbaba and that it was "thugs" who incited the violence that led to the Church fire in May.