Cicero, past and present

01/31/2014 — Leave a comment

Guy Cicero grew up in Cicero, Illinois, U.S. of A. Here’s an article about the town’s history from the public radio website at WBEZ.org:

Cicero, past and present.

Cicero was a good place to be a kid in the 50s and 60s. Great schools and pretty safe neighborhoods helped by the high output street lights installed around the time of Cicero’s centennial in 1957. We were the “Best Town in America.” Our low property taxes derived from “subsidies” from the mob…at least that was the rumor. But its dark side, bigotry and racial violence, and fundamental conservatism, made this guy, at around 13, decide he never wanted to live there as an adult. Good old Cicero. May its history be a constant reminder that good and bad can and do live side-by-side. Embrace the good and be grateful for it.

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