10 Years Of South Side Living

Ten years ago this week I became a south sider.

I signed the papers closing on my condo and made the decision to become a resident of Woodlawn.

Aside from hating my developer, my time as a south sider has been largely enjoyable.

Sure there have been pitfalls, disappointments and some downright scary stuff, but I’m glad I had the courage to break out of my comfort zone and leave the north side.

Up until 10 years ago it was where I landed when I got out of college.

In your early 30’s you start doing grown up things.  Most people settle down with a spouse, have kids and move to the suburbs; I moved to the south side.

The swag and hustle of the south side taught me a true appreciation for our imperfect but beautiful city.

I learned that decency flourishes in some of the most unexpected places.

That respect & kindness can be delivered by some of the most unlikely messengers.

I learned that the good that people do, most times isn’t reported in the news.

That’s not to say that it’s a bed of roses down here.

The local news teems with stories of murders and shootings.  The south side’s reputation precedes it both nationally and internationally.

Despite all of the bad, I can’t help but see the beauty in the bones of the old buildings and the dignified pride that they still exude.

I can’t help gushing about the Jackson & Washington Parks.

I love that a best-selling book was based on my neighborhood.

I see everything that the south side was and everything that it can become again.

While I don’t know what the future will bring for Woodlawn, I’m doing my best to participate in the process.

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