Beer Bottles 1996

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This was near Belmont and Clark, I believe. This used to be a fairly common sight back then before things really changed. People would hang out in the doorways along Clark St. to drink or eat. They weren’t all homeless either– many were just young people who hung out there. As the area got better, the police started to crack down on loitering. This pretty much killed the Saturday night congregation of punk rockers by the Dunkin Donuts on Belmont and Clark. By 1996, Lake View was becoming way less edgy and way more stroller friendly.

Muskie’s 1996

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Muskie’s…for good ‘ol American fast food. It used to have another location (The Belmont and Sheffield location closed), but this one on Lincoln and George is just as good. I have fond memories of Muskie’s.  I never got a photo of the Belmont location–that was the one that I went to a lot . My friends and I used to stop there for the 69¢ basket of fries before heading into Medusa’s night club on Sheffield. The price for the fries no longer exists either!

Parking For The Golden Apple Only, 1996

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Located across from St. Alphonsus church in Lake View (intersection of Southport and Lincoln) , this 24 hour diner has been open for over 40 years. It has great food. The day I took this shot, I was walking past the parking lot and saw this. For some reason, I always liked this photo. Yeah, it’s just a “Parking for this restaurant only” sign, but it looked just as nostalgic as the restaurant itself.

Jewish Graceland Cemetery 1995

 

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One day during the summer of ’95, I accompanied a colleague who worked with me at the Wright College Photo Lab on a photo shoot. He was photographing Jewish Graceland cemetery on North Clark Street. I brought my camera along and took some photos, although I’m not a big cemetery shooter. It was an interesting place, mainly because it was very old and, unfortunately, a lot of the tombstones were either falling apart or vandalized. These are a couple from that roll of film.

3000 N. Broadway 1995

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This is Broadway and Briar in the Lake View neighborhood. The area saw plenty of change in the nineties. Reckless Records is still in the area, although they moved across the street. Various new bars and restaurants opened up as well. As a side note : It was around this time that I bought a couple new lenses. One was a 135mm, and the other was a 28mm wide angle lens. I began to incorporate the wide angle lens quite a bit. Dramatic angles also began to appear in my photographs. It was a interesting way for me to explore the next phase of Urban Views: one that had more of a surreal touch to it.

Views From The Alley 1995

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I used to go to The Alley back in 1989 as a teenager and still shopped there well into my twenties. You could buy anything from Doc Martens to biker jackets, to incense there. Anyone who was into the whole Punk/Goth/New Wave scene shopped there. Yes, the back entrance is in an alley. When this photo was taken, it had these great murals that featured many Rock icons such as Elvis, John Lennon, and Jim Morrison. Since then, they seemed to become more commercialized. It’s not the same as it was. Maybe its me being older, but, it used to have this great vibe that was reflected by the eclectic neighborhood. Don’t ever grow up!