Then and Now, Western-Cortland

1956--Western Avenue @ Cortland, view south

1956–Western Avenue @ Cortland Street, view south

2015--the same location

2016–the same location

Our vantage point is the inbound platform at the Western station of the Logan Square (Blue Line) ‘L’ route.  In 1956 CTA was in the process of junking its streetcars, most of which had been in service less than 10 years.   Just to the south, the Milwaukee Road freight line viaduct is visible.  Look closely, and you’ll note that Western squeezes down to two lanes there—when the street was widened during the 1920s, most of the railroad underpasses were left alone.

Sixty years later, though the streetcars are long gone, nearly all the old buildings here remain in place.  And the freight line has been converted into the 606 Bike Path, with a wider viaduct over Western.




2 Responses to “Then and Now, Western-Cortland”

  1. 1 Garry June 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    John, you made a mistake. I’m as shocked as Captain Renault, when he saw gambling at Rick’s Place!
    It’s the Bloomingdale Line of the Milwaukee Road, not the Belt Ry.
    BTW, notice how all the manholes in the 1956 photo are still there today.

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