Marya Lucas asked what’s behind quality-of-life differences from one Chicago block to another. There’s no tip-toeing around the city’s social divisions. They’re plain to see, but the reasons aren’t and, in one place anyway, they don’t boil down to black and white.
My father’s family often regarded my mother and my sisters with suspicion. He was from the South Side; my mother was from the West. They were both born in the South, in Alabama and Mississippi, but Chicago neighborhoods have a way of changing you.