Then and Now, Armitage-Bissell

1910--Center Street (Armitage Avenue) @ Bissell, view east

1914–Center Street (Armitage Avenue) @ Bissell Street, view east

2016–the same location

Our location is one block east of Sheffield.  The North Side ‘L’ began operation in 1900, spurring development in the western part of the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  This section of Armitage Avenue was then named Center Street.  A single-track streetcar line runs on the street, and a ribbon commercial strip is already well along.

As ridership increased, the streetcar line got a second track.  Electric trolley buses later replaced the streetcars, and still later, motor buses replaced the trolley buses.  Today the commercial strip continues to thrive.  The area’s residential side streets boast some of the highest property values in the city.


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