Austin Boulevard


“A line runs through the heart of America. It divides Oak Park from Chicago’s West Side along the stark frontier of Austin Boulevard, Splitting the two sides of the street into two nations, separating the carefully integrated town from the black ghetto, the middle class from the poor, the swept sidewalks from the gutters glistening with broken glass, the neat boutiques and trim houses from the check-cashing joints and iron-grilled liquor stores.”   -David Shipler