Cliff Pierce, the manager who’d greeted me, soon joins me at the bar and buys me my second beer. He used to write a gossip column for the Chicago Defender. “You’re a rare bird, but not for long,” he tells me. “It’s only 10 minutes from my house to the Black House [Obama’s home in Kenwood]. We’re talking about where the next president lives. And then there are the Olympics in Washington Park. So in the next 10 years this neighborhood is going to become the hub. One day I’m gonna look out this window and see nothing but limousines.”

John Greenfield stops in at the Kozy Korner on his walk along 63rd Street. Related: What south siders are saying about Obama.