Then and Now, Clark-Schiller

1957--Clark Street @ Schiller, view north

1957–Clark Street @ Schiller Street, view north

2014--the same location

2014–the same location

In 1957 Clark Street between North and Division was a commercial strip lined with small shops and cheap walk-up apartments. The street was in decline, and city officials feared that blight would spread east into the Gold Coast.

During the early 1960s, most of the buildings along Clark were razed.  Sandburg Village replaced them, stabilizing the area. Instead of blight spreading into the Gold Coast, gentrification has spread westward.

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2 Responses to “Then and Now, Clark-Schiller”


  1. 1 benson November 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Wow, That’s a pretty stunning difference. Let me add my voice to those who love these “then and now” pictures. And a happy Thanksgiving, John.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt November 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Benson–
      Since Sandburg Village has been with us over fifty years now, it’s hard to imagine what a significant transformation it was, unless you see these old photos of the area. And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.
      –JRS


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