Welcome to CornerSpotter, Curbed's weekly game in which you, fair readers, consult archival streetscape photos or postcard illustrations to identify the building(s) and/or location presented. Time to tap that reservoir of urban minutiae and flaunt it before your fellow readers. Fire away in the comments, and we'll reveal the correct identity and backstory on Friday.
It's hard to imagine such routine, even hardscrabble scenery in this present-day luxury district. Refreshing to see locals going about their business, circa 1930. Granted, virtually every part of town was bruised in the 1930s. But there were also many coastal neighborhoods, North and South, that were real working class strongholds before and after the Depression. Today, only a couple working class/lower middle class areas come to mind on the North shoreline. The above isn't one of them. Few of the pictured buildings are standing today, and that which remains has been glossed over repeatedly. Name the exact intersection if you can, but we'll accept an approximation.
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]