I’m really impressed with the new Bissinger’s chocolate factory on North Broadway. It shows that the area is still viable–if given a chance–due to its convenient location to the new bridge.
Supposedly the largest cold storage facility when it was built in 1922, the Federal Cold Storage Company demonstrates the once and continued importance of North Broadway to the transportation and warehousing of food to the area around Produce Row. As… Continue Reading
Well, it didn’t take long, and it’s hard to see in this picture, but someone has already attempted to steal the bronze plaque off of the Big Mound Memorial, bending its right side in the process. The monument, in its old… Continue Reading
Update: Demolished in the winter of 2018. The site is now a vacant lot. Many of my friends and I have long looked at this august row of simple apartments. They sit on the wrong side of the interstate, dooming… Continue Reading
I went to check on the progress of the new bridge, and discovered the new La Grange de Terre memorial was completed. It’s in a much better location than the old memorial in that the new one sits on land… Continue Reading
Update: The Hammond Lofts, the red brick building on the left, is an apartment building for homeless transitioning to market rate homes, which would account for some pedestrian traffic. I always wonder who those lone people are that are walking… Continue Reading
I guess I always just took this massive warehouse, with its large painted signs, for granted. But when I drove by this week, I realized it was not long for this world. Built in 1900 (I suspect the section at… Continue Reading
Update: The cemetery is under new management, which has made major changes and improvements to maintenance and service, I am happy to report. We looked at the Friedens Church in Hyde Park yesterday, and now we move out to the… Continue Reading
I’m curious to see how the new bridge affects the Near North Riverfront; will it bring new development? What does it mean for the remaining historic structures in the area?