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The neighborhood-towns

19 April 2017

The neighborhood-towns [of Chicago] were part of larger ethnic states. To the north of the Loop was Germany. To the northwest was Poland. To the west were Italy and Israel. To the southwest were Bohemia and Lithuania. And to the south was Ireland…you could always tell, even with your eyes closed, which state you were in by the odors of the food stores and the open kitchen windows, the sound of the foreign or familiar language, and by whether a stranger hit you in the head with a rock.

Mike Royko


2 Comments to “The neighborhood-towns”

  1. Yeah!

  2. And one more to the south that didn’t register with Royko or he couldn’t get a visa to visit. But a lovely evocation of a long-lost time when it was good to be an immigrant.

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