Then and Now, 26th-Pulaski

1928-26th Street @ Crawford Avenue (Pulaski Road), view east

2018–the same location

Ninety years ago, this neighborhood centering around West 26th Street was known as South Lawndale.  The population was mostly Czech and Polish.  Streetcars ran on the streets, autos were boxy and black, the cross-street was called Crawford Avenue.

Today most of the old buildings are still there, with varying degrees of remodeling.  The area is now usually referred to as Little Village.  The residents are largely Mexican.  No streetcars, better autos, “Pulaski Road” instead of “Crawford Avenue.”  What will be the changes here in 2108?



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