Barbara Gerow meanders past the wading pool at Humboldt Park coaxing her dog, Pokey, to keep up. Gerow, who is 75 and has been in her house – originally her great-grandfather’s – on Burrell Street for 51 years, supports herself with a walker as she talks. “The whole area, especially where my grandmother and grandfather’s house was, was Orchard Park. And I don’t know when it got changed to Bay View but it was interesting, you know?”
As storm clouds gather over Humboldt Park, Carlos Avila and Erika Coria dance and teach a group of youngsters. Avila and Coria are part of Ballet Folklorico Mexico de los Hermanos Avila, a dance company that teaches and performs traditional forms of Mexican dance. Today, it is traditional Aztec dance.