Then and Now, Troy-Roosevelt

1910–Troy Street @ 12th Street (Roosevelt Road), view north

2019–the same location

In 1902 the Metropolitan ‘L’ extended its Douglas Park branch through North Lawndale.  Four years later, Sears opened its giant mail-order complex to the north, at Homan and Arthington.  By 1910 this block just east of Kedzie Avenue was already fully settled and residentially mature.

Today North Lawndale is bouncing back after decades of decline.  Here buildings on the west side of Troy Street have been cleared to make way for the Lawndale Terrace town homes and apartment tower.  As a result, with the alley between Kedzie and Troy gone, the utility poles now line the street.


2 Responses to “Then and Now, Troy-Roosevelt”

  1. 1 Melvin January 17, 2020 at 9:30 am

    Is one of the 1910 houses still there? The sloping roof on the left side of the street, just past the silver car.

    What a beautiful block in 1910. The condition of the street, though, not so much.

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