14 lanes of traffic, local and express shoulders, a rapid transit line in the median, and ramps wiped out a lot of homes. (In the case of the Eiesenhower (I-290), it destroyed not only homes but neighborhoods because it split the neighborhoods.) You can tell that road building in the 1950s and 60s did not have to write an Environmental Impact Statement. Actually, at the time this destruction of homes was viewed as urban renewal, and the decision makers thought they were doing the residents a favor by building high-rise housing and "clearing the slum." I think all of the high-rise housing, in turn, has been "cleared." The high rise apartments with long halls turned out to be a social experiment that failed. I've read that the elevators were not maintained. It got to the point where police and paramedics did not want to go into the buildings.
|Bob Kalal posted|
Track-side tenements on the south side of Chicago. (1944) You can see Comiskey Park in the background
|John Smith posted|
old sox park the good one before the built that ugly one .. 1950