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Re: An Exciting Weekend With a Sneak Thief

Jim Haynes (
Tue, 16 Aug 2005 20:48:11 GMT

I just finished reading a book "The Old Chicago Neighborhood" with
pictures and memoirs by people who grew up in Chicago mostly in the
1940s. Some of the common threads in many of the memoirs are:

Your neighborhood was like a small town -- you did all your shopping and
school and church and recreation in your own neighborhood, and everybody
knew everybody. You might go downtown for shopping once or twice a year,
but ordinarily you never left the neighborhood.

Kids had a lot of freedom. They could go to the park from dawn to
well after dark and parents didn't worry about them.

Some of this was because of the 1930s depression followed by World War
II. It was safe to play in the streets because there was little car
traffic because of wartime gasoline rationing. Many people who had
cars got rid of them or put them in storage during the war.

jhhaynes at earthlink dot net

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: And Independence downtown still has the
semblance of the 1930-50's era. PAT]

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