I heard a Washington Park resident express frustration with the condition of his south side neighborhood minutes after I stepped off the train there Thursday evening.

The block at the southwest corner of Garfield and King is dominated by empty lots with knee-high weeds, and as I walked toward it from the nearby Green Line station a couple groups of young men were milling in them. A man was carrying groceries up the front steps of the one home that still stands on the half-block facing King Drive. When he got to his front door he paused a moment and watched cars slow down to veer around a sinkhole in the street. Someone had laid a bus stop sign over it, pole and support base and all, in an apparent attempt to warn drivers.

  • The sinkhole in King Drive