This week, on a wild goose chase to find a document I need (it took me two more days to find the right office), I found myself on the South Side near Pershing Road and State Street. I don’t know if there is a name for this neighborhood, Douglas, I suppose, north of Bronzeville. When I first moved to Chicago, this was the sort of neighborhood where you could find syringes in the gutters, if you dared come here at all.
Now it is a curious mixture of stately Victorian in need of major repairs,
the Projects, many now demolished,
a colorful, if poor surrounding neighborhood,
and New Urbanism.