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Traffic at Congress and Wells, in Chicago's Loop, October 16, 1960, 8:15 a.m.

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Traffic at Congress and Wells, in Chicago's Loop, October 16, 1960, 8:15 a.m.
Chicago Transit Authority

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City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s
City and Suburb: Chicago and Park Forest, Illinois, 1950s — The Automobile and the City


Chicago street traffic
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This image of traffic at Congress and Wells, in Chicago's Loop, was taken for the CTA on October 16, 1960, 8:15 a.m., and shows the high volume of automobile traffic entering the Loop from the city's two year-old Congress Expressway.
Physical Description
Photograph. Black-and-white photograph of traffic in the city.
Details
Date Made:
1960
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority
History
The first highway project the City of Chicago elected to undertake was the West route, from the Loop straight through the West Side industrial area, and low income and slum neighborhoods-through the communities of people who had fewer opportunities and limited power to exercise choice. Using plans that were developed back in the 1920s and 1930s, the city took advantage of its expanding powers of eminent domain to condemn, acquire, and demolish a wide swath of residential, commercial, and industrial properties all along the 8 mile route by 1950.
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Chicago, Illinois

Depicted
Commuting


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