When Marlon Crump is standing on his turf in front of the Standard Insurance building on SW 4th and Salmon with a stack of Street Roots in his hands, even on a week in between new papers, it seems like everyone knows who he is.
Maybe it’s his contagious enthusiasm. When I tell him his story is going in next week, he bursts into excited laughter and gives me a hug. Maybe it’s his pride in what he does. He never wants to stop working for Street Roots. Maybe his suit and tie — which he’s never missing —help. Whatever it is, on his turf, he’s a community figure.