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Snow Jobs

Snow shovelers got off easy this year–until January 30. Our correspondent headed to Western Avenue, between 3200 and 3600 North, to report on the state of the sidewalks (surveyed Thursday, January 31, 2002): Taco bell. Fair. A good job except around the advertising bench, where the kids from Lane Tech like to hang out, and […]

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Tales From the Chair

On September 11, I’m having coffee in a place on Irving Park, trying not to listen to the commander in chief, who’s talking war in the background. I look across the street, and Jerry’s barber pole is gone. Isn’t this day bad enough? “Did something happen to Jerry?” I ask the kid behind the counter. […]

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Snow Jobs

Notes on the condition of sidewalks 4400 to 4560 North Lincoln (surveyed Thursday, January 4, 2001): Sulzer Library. Good. But what’s the point of stopping at the curb? They should clear the snow from the walkways leading out to the street–and clear that small no-man’s-land between the library and Montrose. If the library doesn’t do […]

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West Side Lullaby

It’s after midnight and the streets are nothing but empty cabs. We’re driving in circles, jockeying for worthless positions, waiting for the smallest crumbs to fall. Mine’s a guy in a suit and tie who staggers out of a piano bar. If it wasn’t for drunks we’d probably all be on welfare. Laughter drifts from […]

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Home Invasion

When I moved to Lincoln Square, one of the first things I noticed was how clean the bums were. This was due mainly to the efforts of the laundromat at the corner of Wilson and Lincoln, which offered free soap on Mondays and Tuesdays. All a bum had to do was score a little spare […]

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Prisoners of War

A central Illinois county on the road between the coasts has an impressive record of intercepting trucks carrying marijuana and cocaine. But does putting mules and low-level dealers away for life really make a difference in the country’s battle against dr