“Driving down Chicago’s State Street corridor on an afternoon in the ‘90s, you might have thought a block party was going on. Toya Wolfe remembers music blasting from stereos, children playing Double Dutch and basketball and hundreds of residents milling about in the long shadows of the Robert Taylor Homes, a two-mile strip of identical brick and concrete buildings stretching 16 stories into the sky.
Despite its reputation for drugs, violence and disrepair, the Robert Taylor Homes was “its own small town” where everyone knew each other, said Wolfe, a resident turned writer who mines her life there for her debut novel,”
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