Then and Now, 106th-Avenue L

1937--106th Street @ Avenue L, view east

1937–106th Street @ Avenue L, view east

2015--the same location

2016–the same location

In 1937 this stretch of 106th Street was zoned for commercial development—but with the Great Depression lingering, most of the lots were still vacant.  The cross street was then part of the Chicago Park District system, and was technically known as “Avenue L Boulevard.”  Notice the scarcity of street lights in the photo.

Today those vacant lots are filled with stores.  Meanwhile, the Park District has been folded into city government, so the cross street has lost its boulevard status.  Now it’s plain old “Avenue L.”  A small price to pay for better street lights along 106th Street!


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