Then and Now, 18th-Paulina

1953–18th Street @ Paulina Street, view east

2020–the same location

Our vantage point is the 18th Street station on the Douglas Park ‘L’ line.  This was the historic heart of Chicago’s Czech community, the reason why the neighborhood was called Pilsen.  In 1953 streetcars had been banished from 18th and their tracks covered.  The latest model of incandescent street lights stretched over the traffic lanes.

In our time the ‘L’ branch here is known as the Pink Line.  Pilsen is predominantly Mexican.  A few of the older buildings have been replaced.  Trees line both sidewalks and modern retro-style street lights are in place.  The view from the station platform remains a treat.

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