Then and Now, Cottage Grove-55th

1954–Cottage Grove Avenue @ 55th Street, view north

2019–the same location

We are on the eastern edge of Washington Park.  The buildings in the older photo date from the 1890s and early 1900s, when the University of Chicago was becoming established a few blocks from here.  In 1954 streetcars ran on Cottage Grove Avenue, while electric trolley buses operated on 55th Street.

Before the 1950s were over, the Cottage Grove streetcars and 55th Street trolley buses were replaced by motor buses.  Most of the old buildings fronting those streets were cleared for urban renewal and university expansion.  Today, for better or worse, the landscape here looks almost suburban.


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