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Two views of Pilsen, decades apart

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1947--18th Street near Wood Street, view east (author's collection)
2013--the same location

Chicago's Pilsen is named for a city of ancient Bohemia, what is now the Czech Republic. In the course of 66 years this neighborhood has changed from Czech to Mexican. Meanwhile, the streetcar has been replaced by a bus, the cars look different, and the 'L' station has been renovated.

And yet all of the buildings are still in place. Film-makers searching for a 1940s streetscape would do well to consider this stretch of 18th Street.

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