We covered a lot of ground today. Greek, Italian, then Pilsen, which was once Czech and now has become vividly and colorfully Mexican – we were there. Why? Because it is disappearing so fast. Ten years and it will be lost to a strip mall or a high rise. So take this walk: roll out a map and follow the streets -- deserted at times, crowded elsewhere. There’s a lot of Chicago on the near southwest. Makes me regret (only a little) that I did not stick it out and do the ethnographic stuff that I set out to do here thirty years ago.
On the other hand, it’s nice to just visit now.
I wonder if some decades into the future any of this will look anything close to what it looks like today.
Purchase photo 1979
Purchase photo 1978
Purchase photo 1977
Purchase photo 1976