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 Shoe Repair

609 South Park Street

George Faban in the shoe repair shopWe met George Faban himself. His father came from Sicily, Italy, and he has been repairing shoes since he was ten. He works three days a week and in the days he has off he goes to see trials at court and reads. The hardest thing to repair is a high-heeled platformed knee-high plastic boot. It's hard because of the plastic and the new glues.

First he put some polish on the shoe and then A place to put a shoe for repairshe turned on an electric machine that made a circular brush turn around. Next he would press the shoe against it and the shoe would be polished.
–Sara K. A machine inside the shoe repair shop

George joined the business in 1938. He got involved because his dad repaired shoes, boots and skates. He sharpens them too.

A student poses with George Faban

When I walked into the shoe repair,
the scent of leather filled the air.
Further in the shop,
conversation made me listen and stop.
Before we left the store,
George showed us the way he repairs seventy shoes or more.
As I left for Park Street I waved to George, looked at the shoes on my feet
and knew again we'd meet.
–Sam O.

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