Then and Now, 63rd-Harvard

1924--63rd Street @ Harvard, view west

1924–63rd Street @ Harvard, view west

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

During the 1850s a settlement called Junction Grove began developing near 63rd and Wentworth, where two major railroad lines crossed.  By the time the ‘L’ arrived in 1906 the neighborhood was known as Englewood, and was part of the City of Chicago.  The 1924 photo shows the busy commercial strip that had developed westward from the ‘L’ station along 63rd Street.

Englewood went into a long decline beginning in the 1960s.  All the buildings in the older photo were eventually demolished, and for a time 63rd Street looked like postwar Berlin.  Today new construction along the street holds out hope for a community revival.

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