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A History of Chicago's Tent Cities

Back in the early 1990s, a community called “Tranquility City” emerged here on the near west side of Chicago. Plywood huts sprung up, forming a tent city for just under 20 people. Sociologist and Loyola University professor Dr. Talmadge Wright studied Tranquility City, and is the author of Out of Place: Homeless Mobilization, Sub-cities, and Contested Landscapes. He explains the fascinating history behind the community.

Music Button:  Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown, "I Hope She Is Awake", from the CD Varmint, (Cuneiform records)

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