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Ashland Avenue at 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1935

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Ashland Avenue at 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1935
Courtesy of the Chicago Transit Authority

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Communities
Chicago, the Transit Metropolis — The 1920s and 30s: Transit, the Automobile and the City


Ashland Avenue at 47th Street, Chicago, Illinois
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection

In this 1935 photograph of Chicago's Ashland Avenue, pedestrians crowd the sidewalks, countless automobiles park on the diagonal along the curb, and a 1906 J.G. Brill streetcar pauses in the middle of the street.

Physical Description

Photograph. Black-and-white photograph of a broad city street with streetcars and automobiles, 1935.

Details
Date Made:
1935
Locations:
Illinois
Note:
Chicago
Credit:
Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority
History

Chicago decided almost inadvertently to favor the automobile as early as the 1920s. Although "L" ridership reached its peak in the 1920s, a variety of road projects-including Miller McClintock's traffic control plan, the Wacker drive project, and a far-reaching superhighway system-were proposed during this period, as city leaders and planners began to look for ways to adapt the city to the car.

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Chicago Transit Authority

Depicted
Chicago, Illinois


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