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Hint: Baby Step In The Systemic Change of South Side Housing

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Welcome to CornerSpotter, Curbed's new and fast expanding 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.

This photo dates to the summer of '65, and is symptomatic of the state of large quantities of older buildings at that time in what was sometimes—and insensitively—called the "Black Belt" on the city's South Side. If you mull through pictures from the 1940s on you'll see a ton of degraded properties, a result of either arson, rioting, neglect, or intentional "slum clearance". It goes without saying, this area today looks nothing like it did 50 years ago. We're aware of the virtual impossibility of landing the exact address to match the above image. To assist, we'll tell you it's in Grand Boulevard, near the border with North Kenwood. To further assist, a single housing structure came to replace the demolished structures— the sort of questionable move that redefined large swaths of the South Side, and continues to plague the area (and the CHA's budget) today. Alright, we won't bore you any longer. Go ahead, take a crack.
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]