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Moss Avenue Between North MacArthur Highway and North Sheridan Road, Peoria

Heading east on Moss Avenue past North MacArthur Highway, the houses become even more stout, and even more heavy in their structure. But there are newer houses that are built after their Nineteenth Century predecessors, such as the house below,… Continue Reading

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Moss Avenue Between Western Avenue and North MacArthur Highway, Peoria

Moss Avenue is a historic district that stretches along the bluffs near Bradley University northwest of downtown Peoria. I’ve broken up the street into two sections, first from Western Avenue to North MacArthur Highway/North University Avenue. There are a wide… Continue Reading

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Down by the River, Peoria, July 2021

I revisited the area of Peoria down by the river northeast of downtown on Saturday afternoon the weekend before the Fourth of July. Many businesses were closed for the holiday, including this pawnshop. I’ve looked at the area three times… Continue Reading

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Cote Brilliante Avenue, Early Summer 2021

I find the long block of Cote Brilliante Avenue between Marcus and Euclid avenues one of the enigmas: filled with beautiful houses but at the same time embodying the troubles afflicting so many North Side neighborhoods. The overgrowth has grown… Continue Reading

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Augusta in Transition: Walnut Street Between Public and Lower Streets

Proceeding east on Walnut Street past Public Street, we came upon the same church I photographed last year. I’m starting to suspect that the tower and sanctuary were built separately. There are two wonderful Queen Anne cottages on the south… Continue Reading

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Augusta in Transition: Walnut Street Between Jackson and Public Streets

There are still owner-occupied single family houses, including this nice Italianate house, with a rolling backyard. Two friendly dogs greeted us around back. There are other houses with businesses mixed in, as well. But then more future businesses appear, and… Continue Reading