The street scene on skid row featuring the Starr Hotel at 617 W. Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois (1956). One photo from a small collection of down and out men in front of several flop houses. Note the Freemont Hotel.
In recent years I have been approached many times by homeless people looking for a handout. Perhaps I look like an easy “mark” wearing my veteran’s baseball cap. In my younger days I would have brushed them aside and told them to get lost, or I would deliberately walk around them. All it takes is a couple of close brushes with death to change your attitude.