This Chicago Northside neighborhood was developed between 1875 and 1905. Middle class Victorian row houses lined the charming residential streets, and many of those homes are still standing.
During the 1950s, the neighborhood entered a period of steep decline that was reversed by gentrification beginning in the mid to late 1980s. I visited this neighborhood in the '80s, before gentrification took hold. At that time, the streets and buildings were in decay, and while not nearly the worst neighborhood in the city, it would be fair to call it a rough neighborhood.
Today, Halsted-Armitage-Sheffield is a perfect neighborhood for a walk or to do some shopping/dining when the flowers are in bloom and the pubs on Armitage are opened up to the sidewalks.
Old and new architecture photos below the fold.
The Old Town School of Folk Music, Armitage Avenue.
Commercial buildings on Armitage Avenue near Bissell/Sheffield.
Barely noticeable, nestled between the 19th and early 20th century homes, there are some fine examples of early 21st century, hedge fund architecture. The cottages below are on North Burling.
This is a new single family home.