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Mike Royko was my favorite newspaper columnist before his death in 1997. Smart, tough, funny, honest, compassionate, he was the essence of Chicago and the first columnist to not kowtow to the Chicago ... Read full review
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Page 15 - It wasn't perfectly defined because the borders shifted as newcomers moved in on the older settlers, sending them fleeing in terror and disgust. Here and there were outlying colonies, with Poles also on the South Side, and Irish up north. But 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.
Page 15 - Chicago, until as late as the 1950s, was a place where people stayed put for a while, creating tightly knit neighborhoods, as small-townish as any village in the wheat fields. The neighborhood-towns were part of larger ethnic states. To the north of the Loop was Germany. To the northwest Poland. To the west were Italy and Israel. To the southwest were Bohemia and Lithuania. And to the south was Ireland.