Never Leave Your Block: Adventures in Urban Living

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Chicago's Bucktown was the old stomping ground for Mike Royko and Nelson Algren. Its colorful characters and bedrock values were the life blood of a city on the make. Now comes Scott Jacobs with a look at life in Bucktown as it plays out today in a new Chicago where gentrifying neighbors settle into former gang territory, sharing the streets, parks and schools of a diverse and multifacted community.

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Overview

Chicago's Bucktown was the old stomping ground for Mike Royko and Nelson Algren. Its colorful characters and bedrock values were the life blood of a city on the make. Now comes Scott Jacobs with a look at life in Bucktown as it plays out today in a new Chicago where gentrifying neighbors settle into former gang territory, sharing the streets, parks and schools of a diverse and multifacted community.

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Publishers Weekly
As a young reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, Jacobs learned an unforgettable lesson from a veteran colleague: “Never leave your block. Everything you need to know is right there.” That advice informs this selection of previously published columns—one as flat as the sidewalks of his Chicago neighborhood, Bucktown. These pieces cover the lives of local characters, the dynamics of the local adult basketball league, and other quirks that distinguish Bucktown from its surroundings. For example, preparing to move away from Bucktown, a longtime resident holds a yard sale; as neighbors stop by, Jacobs reflects on watching his neighbor sell his belongings: “What we accumulate as treasures in our life is valuable only to our friends as mementos. So make as many friends as you have—and invite them to your yard sale—because there’s a lot of stuff to get rid of.” Similarly, Jacobs contemplates how Chicago’s ordinance requiring residents to keep sidewalks clear of snow fosters community: “In the uneven clearing of sidewalk snow, we discover little things about our neighbors, and ourselves, that stay with us throughout the year.” While Jacobs’s columns offer a tribute to the importance of strong neighborhoods in the weave of urban fabric, his pieces fail to offer deeper reasons for us to take an interest in the people and places of his hometown. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879652019
  • Publisher: Subtle Communications
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Pages: 197
  • Sales rank: 1,428,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Never Leave Your Block vii

A Garden in The City

A Long Walk Through My Neighborhood 3

Basketballs & Ice Cream 15

Hector and Joe 21

The Rat Hunter 29

The Bus to Horseshoe Heaven 33

The Egg Hunt 37

The Virgin Under The Viaduct 41

Poolside at the Park 47

Harry is Moving Out 51

The Holstein Park Adult Basketball League: A 7-Part Series

A Season for All Reasons 57

The Gym Rats 65

A Grudge Match 75

Lito's Weapon 81

The Old Fockers Go Down 87

The Playoffs 93

The Champs 101

The Politics of Neighborhood

A Tree Grows on Burling Street 109

Winter Tow Zone 115

Choosing St. Patrick's Queen 123

The Laundromats on Fullerton 129

Gans in The Alley 135

Breakfast at Whole Foods 141

Bicycles for Peace 147

No Love at the Park District 153

Goodbye, Ladies! 159

On a Personal Note

Moms & Tots & Me 165

Potty Boot Camp 169

The Health Benefits of Jell-O 175

Shoe Shopping With Men 179

Water, Water Everywhere 183

Waiting for Michelangelo 187

Uneven Sidewalks 193

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    A Mom's Choice Award Recipient!

    Never Leave Your Block is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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