I think of 1968 as a turning point in Chicago history. In one year you have the race riots following the assassination of Martin Luthur King, Jr. and the disastrous Democratic National Convention. This signaled a period of public and private disinvestment in the city which continued for decades. It was also the year my parents, lifelong Chicagoans, left for Columbus, Ohio. So clearly things were pretty bad. So what kind of housing might still attract city residents in 1968?
|Looking southwest from the corner of Greenleaf and Oakley.|
So to summarize, large informal living space, tiny private outdoor areas, accomodation for parking, and weird semi-traditional architectural styling. Not sure this really tells me much about 1968. In other parts of the city they were building walls topped with broken glass, so maybe West Ridge wasn't doing too badly.