Then and Now, Lincoln-Catalpa

1945--Lincoln Avenue @ Catalpa Avenue, view northwest

1945–Lincoln Avenue @ Catalpa Avenue, view northwest

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

In 1944 this North Side neighborhood was already settled with bungalows and two-flats. However, since Lincoln Avenue was zoned as a ribbon commercial-strip, much of the frontage was still vacant. The streetcar is operating on Route #3, traveling from Lincoln-Petersen, through the Loop, all the way to a southern terminal at 51st-Indiana.

With the end of World War II in 1945, development came to this stretch of Lincoln. Many of the new businesses were motels—the street was part of a major transcontinental highway, U.S. 41. The triumph of the auto eventually led to less need for public transit. In 2014 CTA’s Lincoln bus line ends barely a mile south of here, at the Brown Line ‘L’.

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