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Poor people = debris.

17 Sep

Driving into the heart of downtown Chicago we ventured off the interstate to check out the adjoining neighbourhoods. It was all pretty normal until we rolled into the towns of Forest Park and Cicero. These two communities border Chicago on the west. As we drove through it was like a bomb went off.

The pockets of poverty were an eye-opener for my kids. This wasn’t Vancouver’s Lower East Side, skid row kind of despair. These were real neighbouroods with folks hanging out on street corners and kids playing in the streets. But it was clearly a ghetto. It wasn’t lost on my ten and twelve year old children that pretty much everybody on the streets were either Latino or African American.

Read it.