Friday, January 9, 2009
Birthplace of Philip K Dick?
"The birthing [of Philip and Jane] took place in their new apartment at 7812 Emerald Avenue. It was the dead of a very cold winter."
The photo above is a Google street view of the address (viewable here). Does this building appear to be built before 1928? I don't really know what to look for. But - is it just me - or does the kind of run down appearance of the place evoke the troubling history we've heard took place there?
This all comes up as I prepare to take my family to Chicago next week. I planned on driving out to find the place, thinking it was somewhere on the northwest side (don't know where I got that impression), but this place is WAY down on the South Side, and I'm not sure what kind of neighborhood it is down there. Long story short, this shot from Google may be the best we get for awhile.
Not quite as swanky as the Hemingway's birthplace just 20 miles away: