Then and Now, 69th-Emerald

1956--69th Street @ Emerald, view east

1956–69th Street @ Emerald Avenue, view east

2016--the same location

2016–the same location

We are a short block east of Halsted Street.  Since Marquette Road (67th Street) was a Park District boulevard, streetcars ran on 69th Street instead, and the usual ribbon commercial strip developed there.  However, by 1956 buses had been substituted on 69th, and the streetcar in the photo is merely on its way from the Western Avenue line to the car barn at 77th-Vincennes.

The 69th Street strip was on the periphery of Chicago’s largest outlying shopping district, 63rd-Halsted.  The 2016 photo bears witness to the decline of Englewood over the past sixty years.  Hopefully, better days are ahead.



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