March 29th, 2017

Brandon McCoy is quite the celebrity this week. The 6-foot-11 specimen has been claimed by local media as Chicago’s representative in Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American game at United Center. McCoy grew up here, proudly telling reporters on Tuesday that he comes from the West Side; K-Town, to be exact, a subsection of North Lawndale, a part of town that’s decayed over much of the last 40 years. In his memoirs, “True Vines,” native author John W. Fountain writes that K-Town “a city within a city” where there “seems to be a hint of death wherever I go.”