Runaway

This young man told me that he was a runaway from Argo, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. The older man befriended him. I found the two of them drinking beer from a quart bottle, and smoking cigarettes while sitting on the door sill behind them. During the mid-1970s, Uptown was a magnet for drifters like this young man because of the day labor agencies and cheap rents. Kids grew up quickly in Uptown.

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