A sunny day, Italian ice, and the old neighborhood: Ben Hollis on “stoop talk”

Almost everywhere in the world, we are building new routines that keep us in a very limited geographic orbit.

But, we are still finding ways to connect with friends, family, and neighbors. People are spending more time on porches, balconies, and yards chatting, singing, eating, and dancing with whoever passes by. In many ways, we are becoming friendlier than ever before.

In this 1995 video, Chicago favorite Ben Hollis hangs out with residents of Taylor Street as they sit on their stoops and drink beer, eat Italian ice, and reminisce about the old neighborhood. It’s a heartwarming reminder of the our desire to connect with one another and of the simple pleasure of “stoop talk.”

You can watch the full, unedited 39 minutes at Media Burn.



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