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The neighborhood aspect of Chicago is important to the city. I wrote about Lutz Bakery in the post for L, which is located in Ravenswood. Here is a small moment from a scene in Facing East that talks further about the community of Ravenswood.
The trees that lined the streets were bare, and the family lawns had lost their greenness. Katherine appreciated the vintage buildings that now stood side by side with multi-unit apartment complexes, a few newly constructed condominiums, and the single-family homes. They were all crammed together in Chicago fashion. Even if Johanna was unimpressed, it filled Katherine with nostalgia. Neighborhoods like this had been a familiar sight to the little girl that sat on the back seat of her parent’s car. There was a permanence about these old buildings aged with coal dust and wind blown grim. Here and there steam rose from the pavement grates, and behind dirty windows she could see Christmas trees with large colored bulbs and tinsel. Katherine remembered the past, and presumed the future would altar very little of these small enclaves of Chicago.
Katherine spoke up. “In the years since my parent’s died, the new buildings downtown would be unfamiliar to them, but a drive along a street like this in Ravenswood or a similar Chicago neighborhood, would remind them of their youth. I’m sure of it.”