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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Drive Through Bram's Addition with Robert Pierce

Robert Pierce speaking on the busAt Mercado Marimar, we were joined by Robert Pierce, another long-time resident of South Madison. He grew up here, and when he was growing up, much of his neighborhood was a horse ranch. Penn Park was his playground, but it wasn't nearly as big as it is now. A lot of the neighborhood was a dump. And another large portion was swamp. But one thing hasn't changed: fishing in Wingra Creek. He loved fishing so much, that one time, instead of going to school, he spent almost half an hour trying to haul in a gigantic fish . . . I think I'll skip school someday to go fishing.

He organized the Farmer's Market this year. He told us his childhood stories. My favorite was one where Robert badly wanted to catch this fish one day in a creek before school. He kept on trying and forgot that he was late for school. Then the principal came out and got him to go to school.

Park Street was his playground. He used to play basketball. He collected greens out in the forest because everyone in the neighborhood was scared of snakes.Drawing of a girl frightened by a snake, by Anna

I love the story about the snakes. It was really funny.

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