Added Apr 13 2012
I don't remember exactly how long ago they showed up, but the Air Jordans had probably been hanging on the power line in the alley behind my house for at least a couple months.
I thought maybe they were a prank by one of the kids who play back there, but I figured they most likely had some gang/drug siginificance. So tonight when I was doing some work in the yard I grabbed my extendable painters pole and knocked them down. Of course, they were covered in gang graffiti and had obviously been put up there on purpose. They were also black and gold - Latin Kings colors.
I know there are all kinds of urban myths about the shoes over the power line, but does anyone have any knowledge on the meaning of this? Is it just a way to claim territory, or some kind of message? I'm curious to know.
I might as well use this opportunity to stress a point that most people on here are familiar with, but I think it's important to make sure we keep the gang paraphernalia and graffiti out of our neighborhood as much as possible. The alley behind my house doesn't belong to any gangbangers, it's a public place for the use of the people who live on my block.