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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Chicago Flophouse
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 20:27:43 -0500
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As a kid growing up in Chicago, we used to talk about Skid Row. However, I cannot recall any of daring to go there. I was down there in my work for the State about 6 years ago or so. It is very impoverished.

I also recall someone inviting me to church there on Madison about some years back. I felt I was very welcomed in the church, but spent no time talking afterwards.


----- Original Message -----
Date: Friday, April 13, 2007 9:35
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Chicago Flophouse

> 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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