First up is 4220 N. 20th Street. Michael Allen has already covered the loss of this striking set of commercial buildings in Hyde Park, so I need not post it here.
But I did notice that the wreckers took down a smaller residential building (a Second Empire) at 1916 Farragut Street to complete their new parking lot as well. See below. There are now no buildings on the south side of Farragut at all. All of this demolition took place in a very fragile historic district:
|From Axed in April|
This was a shameful and unnecessary loss. There is no justification for a parking lot for the Treasurer's Office in Hyde Park at the expense of historic buildings. As one can see from the aerials, on-street parking is plentiful.
It's these incremental losses to the built environment that get too little air time. Places like Hyde Park will continue to slip away one building at a time without any intervention.