After waiting for almost 18 months, StreetWise Vendor Doug Golz has finally hung his hat inside his very own apartment on Wilson Avenue. The housing was offered through Mercy Housing Lakefront and even though they only took 250 applications, Doug had lucky Number 249.
Where is your new apartment?
It’s right up near the Argyle stop only one block off the “L” stop there. It’s a small studio and you’ve got your own private bathroom. You’ve got a closet, a full-sized refrigerator, a stove, a regular kitchen sink, kitchen cabinets. And they give you a bed, a dress, a table and two chairs. And the building, I mean, it’s an older building, but it’s been totally rehabbed. So it’s real nice, clean and modern-looking. I really like it a lot. It was way more modern than what I pictured in my mind before I went to see it.
What’s the best part about the building?
They have security there and everything. They run everything first-rate. For example, when the larndlord took me through the apartment, there were some things that weren’t done and some things not painted. And he said, “Why wasn’t this done?” So this was about 2 p.m. and I left to go back to work and when I got back around 7 p.m., everything was taken care of already. So they repainted and fixed whatever and got to it right away.
I notice that your leg is in a brace. What happened?
It was the night of the Super Bowl when I got hit by a car. The game was over and I stopped at this one place to get a sandwich to go. I started to cross the street and I got to the middle of the intersection when a car made a left-hand turn right into me. And the police were really mad at him because he admitted to them that he didn’t see me because he was texting. So I never saw my sandwich again. I broke my left leg and my right knee cap and I was in Rush Hospital for two weeks.
Well, I bet that this new apartment is great now that you’re almost recovered! What do you hope to do with your spare time after you’re settled in?
I used to play sports for several years. I played baseball until I was about 50… I’m thinking about taking up bowling again. When I was a teenager, I was in a bowl league every fall. And I’m a big-time White Sox fan and I get to go to a few games here and there. But I like all sports – well, don’t really care for soccer – but baseball was always my favorite, because I played it for a long time.
By Ethan Ross & Brittany Langmeyer,
StreetWise Editorial Intern & Staff