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Edgewater’s Key West Connection, Area Resident Details His Island Love With New Book

Thom Greene, local photographer/Architect

After taking photos for decades on his many excursions to Key West, Florida, an Edgewater photographer and architect puts them together in a new, colorful book.

The book, called Key West: A Funky Island Town, chronicles area resident Thom Greene’s love for the island. Since first discovering the island 1987, he found an unending source of interesting photography ready to be captured through his camera’s lens.

So after years of putting together the book, several prototypes and input from many island locals (including the old historic Key West art museum), Greene realized his project was marketable.

“It’s hard not to find a colorful, charming photo on the islands,” said Greene. “Nadeen (Thom’s wife) kept saying ‘You should do a photo book with all those photos of yours.’  So, after 5 years of assembling, writing and 4 prototypes… it was time to finalize it in a book.”

For a long time, Greene tried to find someone to publish the book with no luck. So he decided to publish it himself. His first edition of the book was shipped out earlier in the year to several Key West stores including the art museum and the old Hemingway House bookstore. His first edition will total 500 books.

Recently returning from book signings in Key West, Greene has made his way back to the Chicago area, ready to further promote his book and spread his special fondness for the southernmost point of the United States.

Greene, who owns Greene & Proppe Design Inc at 1209 W Berwyn Ave, has had a huge impact on the Edgewater neighborhood over the last 30 years. From the updated facades of Andersonville businesses, to the trees planted on Broadway, to the homes along Magnolia, Thom has had a hand and voice in just about every project related to the design and preservation of Edgewater and Andersonville. In fact, he has put in over 13,000 community services hours doing pro-bono work with the alderman, city preservation committees, area non-profits, and others.

Greene is working to get the book onto Chicago area bookstore shelves. The 64-page book can currently be purchased online at greenskyshop.com.

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