Park Street Cultural Tour

Home on Park Street
Four Days in the Corridor
Experiencing Community
What the Kids Said

Day One
Chadbourne College
Sadie Pearson & Richard Davis
Trinity Church
Ideal Body Shop
Park Street Shoe Repair
Yee's Laundry
La Movida
Mercado Marimar
Bram's Addition

Day Two
Early Childhood Center
Yue-Wah Oriental Foods
Boys & Girls Club
Style & Grace Salon
St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Romnes Apartments
Yasmin's Halal Meat Market
Miracle's Home
Neighborhood House
Italian Workmen's Club
Family Potluck

Day Three
Meriter Hospital
Bayview Mural
Bocce Ball
Beth Israel Synagogue
Wisconsin Union Hoofers
Mexico Lindo
Fishing Along Wingra Creek

Day Four
AFL-CIO (Labor Temple)
Eugene Parks
Quality Ace Hardware
Oriental Shop
Lakeside Fibers
Chicken Underground
Family Daycare
Tropical Fish World
Quann Community Gardens
Multicultural Center

Street Scenes 1
Street Scenes 2
Park Street Delights 1
Park Street Delights 2

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Park Street Delights

Write about what you saw, heard, smelled, tasted, and touched in the Park Street corridor this past Thursday and Friday.

What surprised you? What took your breath away?
What shapes, colors, and textures did you enjoy?
What smells and tastes were very strong?
What sounds do you remember?
What were you afraid of?
What was disgusting?
What was relaxing and peaceful?

Who was a great person to meet?
What was something you loved doing?
What do you want to learn how to do?
What place do you want to visit again? What person do you want to meet again?

Describe what was most vivid at one or more sites or in talking with one or more people.

When did you imagine being at home on Park Street?
What do you now understand about Park Street you didn't know before? What new questions do you have?
How did this trip change you? How do you look at the world differently?
How did your parents experience the trip?

A dancer twirls in her brightly colored dressBig skirts swishing back and forth, men wearing tuxedos, laying guitars, singing, dancing, clapping hands, people swaying left-to-right, back-and-forth. This is Mexico Lindo. . .

The sound of the Mexico Lindo playing songs for us. . . . Dancing to their music was fun to a lot of people. . .

I love the amazing colors of Mexico Lindo’s costumes and the wonderful shades of blue, indigo and turquoise used by Nancy Giffey in her mural entitled, “Bayview.”

As I walked into Tropical Fish World, the humid air hit my face as the camera A goldfishlens fogged up and the smell of condense water vapor mixed with the smell of fish and hundreds of containers of fish food.

Beads of perspiration streaming down my face as I peer into the dark tank of the African Lung Fish at Tropical Fish World.

The shiver of delight I felt when Mr. LeBeck shone a flashlight on a big tank in the back of the room and I saw the silver-colored angelfish from the Amazon and the tiny, miniscule, just-hatched angelfish babies.

Worms at Tropical Fish WorldThe sheer size of Tropical Fish World with all 600 tanks, thousands of fish, and the big truck for hauling fish to Milwaukee and Chicago, all managed by one man, really amazed me.

The micro-worms at Tropical Fish World crawling in the oatmeal mush making the shimmering effect on the surface of the gloop.

. . . [T]he little worms at the Tropical Fish World were kind of disgusting. Mainly because of the strong smell.

A peaceful thing was the [Bayview] mural. It just made me feel like I’m touching each culture in the world. It feels like I am connected to everything.
A close up of the Bayview mural, showing a cross, a sheaf of wheat, a rooster, and the top of a tree –Anna

There are all kinds of shapes on the mural at the Bayview Center. It has squares all around, it had circles for moons, and all kinds of other shapes. I also liked the colors, but when I looked deep down for me the colors were sad, unhappy kinds of colors. So that’s why I liked it but I didn’t like it.

When we met with Tamaki at the Oriental Shop, she’s just so nice and it was a quite powerful experience. . . . I want to go back to the Oriental Shop and talk with some of the volunteers and see why they volunteer. If it’s just because they’re nice or because of the owner [Tamaki] or what.
–Sam O.

An origami craneI would like Tamaki to teach me how to do origami. She was doing it without even looking at it!

And Tamaki, because she was so kind. . .

The synagogue, it smelled differenter than [differently from] all those other churches I went to. I would want to go and visit the synagogue again.

Rabbi Katz had a unique way of talking, had a lot to say, and could keep us focused for the whole time we were there.

The gasps when the curtains at the synagogue were pulled, revealing the ancient scrolls.

More delights!


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