Below is a gallery of photos of the block where I grew up in Chicago. These pictures were taken shortly before my side of the block was completely demolished for a strip mall.
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I lived in an industrial area and the street in front of my house and to the south was filled with factories. It was great because in the evenings and on the weekends the street was empty enough to throw a ball or ride a bike.
We also had a unique feature that most other blocks didn’t have. It was a parking lot in the center of the block that was for Paschen Construction employees (they had an office building that anchored the northwest part of the block) and we used that as our park and playground. I don’t think they were too happy about it in the beginning but I think they eventually came to accept us. Back then they would have had to post a guard 24/7 or perhaps employed a guard dog to keep us out. I think these days they would just set up surveillance cameras and have us arrested for trespassing. We never vandalized anything and only used the parking lot to ride out bikes and play football and baseball. In fact, I like to believe that because we were in there so often it probably reduced any amount of crime or theft they would have experienced otherwise.
I really loved that block and still miss it today.