Then and Now, Harrison-Hermitage

1944--Harrison Street @ Hermitage, view east

1944–Harrison Street @ Hermitage Avenue, view east

2014--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1944 this part of the West Side was a neighborhood of tenements, warehouses, and small factories. The area was designated as “blighted.” Cook County Hospital, located just to the west, was a stabilizing influence. However, it was an open question whether any of the other medical facilities would remain in place.

Seventy years later, the Illinois Medical District has expanded eastward to Ashland Avenue. Rush University Hospital has even built on air-rights over Harrison Street and the Pink Line ‘L’. Much of the neighborhood is now gentrified.

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