Then and Now, Wentworth-62nd

1958--Wentworth Avenue @ 62nd Street, view north

1958–Wentworth Avenue @ 62nd Street, view north

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

In 1958 Wentworth Avenue was a major South Side arterial street. It was also served by Chicago’s last streetcar line.

Today all the buildings on the west side of Wentworth have fallen to the wrecking ball, and the street has been reduced to a frontage road for the Dan Ryan Expressway. Much of the east side has been cleared, too. However, two buildings visible above the streetcars in the 1958 photo are still there in 2014.


4 Responses to “Then and Now, Wentworth-62nd”

  1. 1 wolfy May 29, 2014 at 12:46 am

    Sigh. Even in the Edgewater neighborhood you see so many similar scenes. It makes one wonder about the proposed Red Line modernisation.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt May 29, 2014 at 7:04 am

      I don’t know much about the Red Line modernization, but I assume it won’t cut as wide a swath as an expressway. In Edgewater, I’d guess that all they need to do is shore up the railroad embankment it operates on.

      • 3 Garry May 29, 2014 at 11:24 am

        They’re going to take down several buildings to widen out the L structure at Bryn Mawr, apparently to make it a two platform transfer station like Wilson, which will be a lot like the new Belmont & Fullerton stations.
        Loyola is also planned for that type of platform.
        Then, all day express trains should be running from Howard to downtown of the CTA’s busiest line, which carries over 40% of all rail riders.

      • 4 J.R. Schmidt May 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

        In this instance, it would be easier and cheaper to restore A-B skip-stop service. But I guess that’s not complex enough to satisfy the experts.

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