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Traffic jam on the Congress Expressway, Chicago, June 24, 1959, 6:55 p.m.

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Traffic jam on the Congress Expressway, Chicago, June 24, 1959, 6:55 p.m.
Chicago Transit Authority

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This object appears in the following sections:


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

RELATED OBJECTS
Chicago Transit Authority Rapid Transit Rail Car


Expressway traffic jam
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This photograph was taken for the CTA, and shows a traffic jam on Chicago's Congress Expressway on June 24, 1959, during the evening rush hour. The new expressways were intended to speed traffic in and out of the city. A CTA "L" train cruises past stopped traffic.
Physical Description
Photograph. Black-and-white photograph of a traffic jam, broken down car, and rapid transit train.
Details
Date Made:
1959
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority
History

"...in order that slum areas may be cleared and our blighted areas rehabilitated, it is absolutely necessary that Chicago have a truly great transportation system." Inaugural address of Chicago's Mayor Kelly, 1943.

"When the American people through their Congress, voted a little while ago for a $26 billion highway program, the most charitable thing to assume...is that they hadn't the faintest notion of what they were doing." Lewis Mumford, Urban Historian, in The Highway and The City, 1958

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Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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