Posts tagged transportation

The long defunct Webster “L” stop, at Sheffield, 1920, Chicago. 

The station was closed in 1949.

The long defunct Webster “L” stop, at Sheffield, 1920, Chicago.

The station was closed in 1949.

Under the L, 1934, Chicago

Under the L, 1934, Chicago

Untitled, (Chicago L), 1988, Chicago. Vivian Maier

Untitled, (Chicago L), 1988, Chicago. Vivian Maier

Looking south on Michigan Ave from 8th St, 1964, Chicago

Looking south on Michigan Ave from 8th St, 1964, Chicago

Two photos taken from Lake Shore Drive at Belmont, looking south, 1951, Chicago.

Notice the three wide parallel lines that run along the drive. These were called “fins” and could be hydraulically raised or lowered depending on the time of day to regulate traffic patterns.

The first photo was taken between 6:30-9:30 am. One fin would be raised, creating 2 lanes of north bound traffic and 6 (!) lanes of south bound traffic.

The second photo was taken between 4 and 7 pm, showing 6 lanes designated as north bound (with three “express” lanes in the center) and 2 lanes as south bound.

During non-rush hour traffic, only one fin would be raised in the center, creating 4 north bound and 4 south bound lanes - the permanent configuration we have today.

I imagine this had the potential of creating chaos as the fins appeared or disappeared, but there are many mornings during my standstill commute downtown that I wish this was still in practice!

Detail from an ad for Kelly Tires, looking north on Michigan Ave, 1958, Chicago.

Detail from an ad for Kelly Tires, looking north on Michigan Ave, 1958, Chicago.

A stall awaits assistance on Lake Shore Drive at Diversey, 1895, Chicago

A stall awaits assistance on Lake Shore Drive at Diversey, 1895, Chicago

Boarding a north bound 151 at a bus stop on North Michican Ave and the river, 1932, Chicago

The 151 still runs; its route only slightly deviating from the one 80 years ago.

Boarding a north bound 151 at a bus stop on North Michican Ave and the river, 1932, Chicago

The 151 still runs; its route only slightly deviating from the one 80 years ago.

The LaSalle St tunnel at Randolph, 1900, Chicago.

The LaSalle St tunnel at Randolph, 1900, Chicago.

Grant Park parking lot, looking west between Madison and Monroe, 1923, Chicago.

Grant Park parking lot, looking west between Madison and Monroe, 1923, Chicago.

Looking south on Clark from Lake, 1898, Chicago

Looking south on Clark from Lake, 1898, Chicago

79th and Halsted, Gresham, 1932, Chicago.

Looking west on Randolph from State, 1957, Chicago.

Photo by Allan Zirlin, posted by David Zornig at cinematreasures.com

Looking west on Randolph from State, 1957, Chicago.

Photo by Allan Zirlin, posted by David Zornig at cinematreasures.com

Chicago Avenue Garage, 1944, Evanston

via TheOldMotor.com

Chicago Avenue Garage, 1944, Evanston

via TheOldMotor.com

Union Depot (now Union Station), Adams and Canal, 1893, Chicago.

Union Depot (now Union Station), Adams and Canal, 1893, Chicago.