The streetcar used to come down Lee Avenue, and its wide expanse makes for what could be a grand boulevard in the Fairgrounds neighborhood. Unfortunately, it is in bad shape, and its stunning architecture is slowly rotting away.
Tucked away in between I-70 and Natural Bridge Avenue, the Penrose neighborhood seems both isolated and heavily populated at the same time. Yes, there is abandonment, but along the strangely narrow streets, there is a lot of life. There are… Continue Reading
I have felt like I’ve been posting too many pictures of east of Grand Boulevard lately, so I thought I would get up to the northwestern reaches of the city, to areas such as Wells-Goodfellow. I feel torn every time… Continue Reading
Believe it or not, but people live in the still habitable part of this building. The North Riverfront is a strange place.
Once the heart of the city, filled with dense residential neighborhoods and businesses in the alley, this northwestern part of downtown, along MLK Drive (formerly Franklin Avenue here and Easton Avenue further out) was lined with houses. As the houses… Continue Reading
For the life of me, I can’t find the old post from around 2009 when I featured this collection of beautiful buildings on Locust just east of Jefferson Avenue. It was once automobile row, and the buildings were designed as… Continue Reading
Located upstream from Peoria on the Illinois River, Chillicothe is a town that could have a lot of potential. It has a beautiful downtown, with well-preserved storefronts and a short walk down to the broad lakes and rivers of… Continue Reading