Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Island, a gem on Chicago's West Side

I stumbled accross this drafting a comment I never posted.

An African American family moved into this neigborhood in the late 50s and the community stoned the house. Cicero cops crossed over Roosevelt Road with their squads filled with bricks for people to throw.

I got my 8th grade graduation jacket at Van Dyke's store there. I've worked in the factories on the east side of the neigborhood; as did my step brothers and sisters (Victor Gasket, Pheoll Screw, Harrington & King, Hotpot....). I drank in the bars on Roosevelt Road. My wife baptized at St Francis of Rome accross Roosevelt Road in Cicero. I know the area well, and I know the ugly chapters.

Anyways, if you know the West Side's sad stories too, just watch this young man describing the neigborhood today and you know there is plenty of hope that things can change for the better.

xp Illinoize


Levois said...

This area doesn't look much different than Chatham on the south side. This was a great video, maybe I should buy a home in that area on the west side.

Bill Baar said...

I'd bet South before West right now with the talk of the Olympics.