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.
Violence is deeply rooted in Chicago’s history. Racial tensions contributed to that sad truth for years but in 1960s, it was a truth many young people could no longer swallow. They confronted hate with, of all things, non-violent demonstrations.
I took a photostroll recently through a section of South Shore.The neighborhood has a wealth of fine residential and pre-war commercial architecture that goes largely unsung--at least by many of those who aren't from the area.