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RecessionChicago 2010The old man walks the walk block after blockAlong the Lincoln Avenue sidewalkBlock by block day by day year by yearEvery crack, every broken curb his sphereEvery black blob of chewing gum his lot.He knows every sad plant poking gamely Out of street-salt and dirt in curbside potsEvery doomed donut shop some mope ran lamelyEvery parking meter owned by parties unknownEvery shop some busted business has flownFailed fern bars, gutted gin mills and what not.A wasteland of vacant ground floor shop spaceWith underwater condos above each place.A hundred stories all with the same plot.

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