Re: City walks to revisit your past
Date: August 18, 2012 11:19AM
When I was young, my grandfather used to send me to Root Brother's Hardware, on Michigan Ave., in Roseland. He knew Nate Root during WWII and always insisted I get a "deal" from Nate, because my grandfather was in procurement with the Army Corps of Engineers then, and I guess bought from Root Bro's. Talk about collecting on a "favor" for years and years. :X
At that time, the mid and late 70's, Roseland was already well on the decline, but the area to me was very interesting, especially the Michigan Ave. commercial strip.
Lately, I have been over in Roseland/Kensington/Pullman area for various reasons, and retracing some of my steps there. I once gave some sort of talk at the Pullman Factory for Scouts, and now that building is a shell of what it was. Pullman has always been an attraction to me, because of its history, and lately I was walking that area, near and around the Hotel Florence.
Kensington Ave. going east from Prairie reminds me of an Old West ghost town, but I understand the ward voted itself dry in the 1990's, so there's none of the "excitement" that use to be on that street.