Then and Now, Stony Island-67th

1956--Stony Island Avenue @ 66th Place, view south

1956–Stony Island Avenue @ 67th Street, view south

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1956 Stony Island-67th was a prosperous location.  The intersection was also a notorious bottleneck.  Coming from the south, eight lanes of Stony Island funneled down to four, jamming up northbound movement through the junction.  Meanwhile, southbound traffic exiting from Lake Shore Drive through Jackson Park emptied onto the same intersection.

In 1975 the buildings along the east side of Stony Island were lopped off, widening the street and improving traffic flow.  Meanwhile, traffic moving through Jackson Park was diverted away from the intersection.  Today, after decades of decline, the neighborhood is rebounding.



2 Responses to “Then and Now, Stony Island-67th”

  1. 1 Mike June 8, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    There’s now a plan to put Cornell Drive through Jackson Park on a road diet – from three lanes in each direction to one, and even perhaps vacating Cornell completely north of Hayes.

    And there’s the small, mighty Jackson Park Theater, the owners of which won a huge antitrust lawsuit against the major theater owners and film distributors, in no small way helping to hasten the demise of the huge movie palace.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt June 9, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Of course, if the Obama Library goes in Jackson Park just north of here, that will also change the traffic pattern.

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