clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Hint: The Streetcars Might Just Be Dormant, Not Dead

New, 14 comments

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.

Greetings from Cornerspotlandia! It's been a couple weeks, and we sure did miss the fun times. Coming at you today: A swervy intersection along a North-South street with more than its fair share. The archival photo dates to 1955, when streetcars were a dime a dozen but rapidly ceding to cars and diesel buses. In the decades leading up to the 50s, Chicago had the world's largest system which helped establish many, many neighborhoods. Recent talk of their mostly symbolic and gestural restoration has included this primary artery. But your task is to pinpoint the exact portion on view, as bustling today as it was then (and likely more trafficated). Some of the structures pictured still stand, though most have been altered beyond recognition. OK, give us your take and we'll give the full story.
·CornerSpotter [Curbed Chicago]