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 tomorrow.
No, these folks aren't lined up for the latest iPhone release. Something even more powerful than that drew them to this scene in the middle of the last century. Looking like the aftermath of the 1968 riots, there wasn't any such unrest behind the destruction pictured above. Just really bad fortune. As a result of the deadly incident, the CTA paid out $900K in damages which equals $7.6M in today's dollars. That's a big bite, even if it's less than the average cost of a station rehab. OK soldiers, name that intersection!
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]