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Traversing an Art Deco boulevard

(photo by Lee Bey)

Western Avenue, the muscular 25-mile north/south commercial thoroughfare has a funky midsection between 31st and 32nd.

The street bulks up there. And its accompanying overpasses, barrier walls and streetlight bases are still dressed in snazzy Art Deco, courtesy of a $1.8 million re-do in 1940. The street's garb is faded a little after seven decades, but its beauty is still there. Indeed, it makes one wish streets and overpasses could be designed this beautifully today.

(photo by Lee Bey)


(photo by Lee Bey)

(photo by Lee Bey) 

Jacob Kaplan did a nice profile of the Western Avenue Improvement project on the great Forgotten Chicago website a while back. Check it out.

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