Then and Now, Harrison-Ogden

1946-Harrison Street @ Ogden, view west

1946-Harrison Street @ Ogden Avenue, view east

2015--the same location

2014–the same location

In 1946 the Harrison-Ogden intersection was the focal point of traffic bound for Cook County Hospital, located just out of the picture on the right.  Though the end of World War II meant the end of gasoline rationing, most Chicagoans still depended on public transit—besides the streetcar lines, there was frequent ‘L’ service here.  The neighborhood itself was officially designated as “blighted.”

The Congress (Eisenhower) Expressway was cut through a block north of here in the 1950s.   Despite the increase in auto commuters, CTA bus and ‘L’ lines still do much of the job of moving people.  The old county hospital building has been renamed Stroger Hospital, the Illinois Medical District continues to grow, and the area continues to gentrify.

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