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51st Street at Bishop--view west
1952--the same location (CTA photo)

How well did you find your way around 1952 Chicago?

We are in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, on 51st Street a few blocks east of Ashland. In 2013 the ribbon commercial strip is mostly gone, with many of the lots vacant. Meanwhile, the city has spruced up the streetscape a bit by planting trees along the sidewalk parkways.

The main clue to the location is the trolley bus.  Only two trolley bus lines ever operated on the South Side--the other was 47th Street. In the distance, the steeple of the former St. Martin Lutheran Church is also visible.   

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