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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Chicago Flophouse
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 10:35:10 EDT

I remember even as a small child references in family conversations about "
the bums on West Madison".

I think that area had a collection of mainly drunks and derelicts into the
50s and maybe even to the 70s. On a drive through that area in about the 50s,
I remember seeing many men with rumpled clothing carrying (and drinking)
from bottles in paper bags. The curbs and sidewalks were littered with empty
bottles. This made quite an impression on me as a child.

Maureen N

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