Friday, October 14, 2005

Looking Up

Russ's post below with the side-by-side comparisons of Springfield then and now reminded me of how much better the Old Capitol Mall looks today than it did a couple of decades ago. With so many sections of Springfield headed in the opposite direction (South MacArthur from South Grand to Town & Country shopping center is one example of a stretch that has declined precipitously; East Cook is another), what areas of Springfield are much improved from the '60s or '70s?

This might also give Russ some more ideas for side-by-side photo comparisons.


Blogger Dave said...

How about the site of the old Fiat-Allis plant? Losing the plant was a blow economically but it does look better today.

I think the Hawthorne Place neighborhood (South Grand to Laurel between Whittier and Holmes) is looking really good. Not that it ever looked bad (I had a lot of friends living there growing up) but the homeowners there now are doing a great job keeping it up.

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Madison Street is the most dramatically improved from that era.

8:45 AM  
Blogger Russ said...

I was looking through some aerial photos at the Sangamon Valley Collection yesterday. It was shocking how different Dirksen Parkway is now compared to 30 years ago. Especially the far north and far south ends...and of course the intersection at Dirksen and Clearlake - probably looks a little better now without the speedway/flea market.

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Anonymous Will R said...

This is a good post and another reminder of why we don't need any new wal marts or new malls. Sure, we get some new low-paying jobs, but we eventually lose other jobs that were better while neighborhoods that aren't on the edge of town continue to decline and lose local retail stores. At some point we have to decide if we're going to stop letting corporations with distant offices direct how Springfield grows.

8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back when it was Allis Chalmers I have vague memories of tank-like vehicles being run on the test track that went along the perimeter. Then, later the first McDonalds opened across/down the street. No indoor service, just two windows in front and $0.15 hamburgers. Is that right?

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Youre right about MCDS 12cents fries. The test tracks for AC ran along the east side of area. Main entrance was off of 6th st. across from McDs. The ohter entrance was off of 10th and Stanford. My dad worked there from early 50s to mid 80s.

6:59 PM  

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