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Contents of The Ginney Block

The Ginney Block:
Reminiscences of an Italian-American Dead-end Street Kid

by Edward D'Alessandro
Originally published by GATEWAY PRESS, INC. Baltimore 1988

Long before Jacobs Field, the area just south of downtown was the site of the Haymarket district, the Central Market and parts of the Big Italy neighborhood. Edward D'Alessandro lived in "the Ginney Block," an Italian immigrant apartment building, until the new Cleveland Union Terminal construction project demolished it in 1928.

This self-described "dead-end kid" graduated Magna Cum Laude from John Carroll University and enjoyed a 40-year career at the Cleveland Public Library, retiring in 1970 as Director of the Library.

This edition contains the complete text as found in the 1988 print edition of the book, along with some enhancements developed to aid in navigating this site. The site is hosted by the Cleveland State University Library and is presented here with the permission of Edward A. D'Alessandro.


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