The Hill, North of I-44

Most people know that interstates cut up neighborhoods, destroying urban fabric, but perhaps the most egregious example is what I-44 did to The Hill.

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One row of houses were preserved, permanently cut off the majority of the neighborhood. There is no critical mass, but the houses are well-kept, and there’s even a bar that is still open.

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Industrial concerns take over north of the street, with a couple of houses surviving. Most are narrow, shotgun type houses.

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The aforementioned bar is actually a front addition to what was a wood frame house, which you can see behind.

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One thing we found interesting were the very architectural, heavy front fences; in most parts of the city, they’re made of wrought iron or chain link.

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On this street, they’re poured concrete, and very permanent.

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