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

Dane County Cultural Tour
Hmong Cultural Tour

Eugene Parks speaking to the students

Eugene Parks

Eugene ParksEugene Parks has lived in Madison his whole life. He was raised in the Park Street corridor. Eugene was born in a time of great discrimination against blacks. They had limited places they could go, meaning there were only certain places blacks could live.

Eugene told us, “Every neighborhood is special. Including all of yours. BecausInterviewing Eugene Parkse you and your family and friends live there and benefit the city. Everyone’s neighborhood is a great place to be. Everyone’s neighborhood has its disadvantages and advantages.”

The Park Street community has changed a lot in twenty years. Now there are stores run by African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Caucasians.

When urban renewal came, he had to move with his family to an all-white community. It was hard but they helped integrate that community.

Eugene likes to read. He doesn’t need television to be entertained. He told us a saying, “The library is the temple of learning.”

“If you walk up and down Park Street you will find businesses run by all different kinds of people: Japanese, Latino, Chinese, Caucasian, Black, and European-American, and still many more. The Greenbush neighborhood has every different kind of culture you can imagine.”

Eugene Parks
The strongest, fiercest voice ever.
He says what he wants to say,
And whatever he wants to do with it.
So much power, he seems like
One of the greatest speakers I ever met
Park Street, his neighborhood . . .
Perfect life of a real man. . . .

The voice.
A voice.
The voice that draws you in.
The thought.
A thought.
Coming from within.
The talk.
A talk.
That you hear very day.
Eugene Parks,
We hear you.
We hear you



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