The developers of the Chicago’s first elevated rapid transit lines had a problem. In order to build over a street which was common practice in the 19th Century, they had to get approval from the majority of property owners along the street. Anticipating resistance to their plans, they found a workaround. Permission was not needed to build over or next to alleys; only a charter from the City was needed. As long as those in power got their piece of the pie, the railroads were able to do as they pleased.
William Dolan has always loved riding the L through backyards, trying to get a glimpse of a more private side of Chicago. It’s this fascination with this unique Chicago feature that inspires him to include the “Alley L” in these studies.
Neoteric Art is proud to announce the new collection of drawings by William Dolan, Alley Studies 2: Another Trip Through Chicago’s OTHER Street Grid.
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