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Then and Now, Halsted-81st

1957–Halsted Street @ 81st Street, view north

2022–the same location

The 1957 photo calls to mind how a single-ended streetcar was turned around in a “wye” maneuver. After the streetcar in the foreground moves forward and turns right onto eastbound 81st, the westbound streetcar in the background will turn right onto Halsted. Then this second streetcar will back across the intersection against traffic, to the point where the first streetcar had been sitting. After that, the second streetcar can move forward and turn right to go eastbound on 81st.

Today many of the buildings around Halsted-81st are gone. And with the streetcars gone, so are the banks of electricity feeder-wires on the utility poles.