9th and Girard
Nowadays, its crap. The market is an empty lot, the housing has been replaced with boring suburban-style "affordable housing", and the theatres are shells of their former selves. The hospital is still there, but its new additions look like fracocta baloney. Most disappointing of these losses was the regional rail station-- Girard Avenue Station. That picture up there is pretty much the only visual record of it. Its not clear when it was built or when it was removed.
One thing I have figured out is that the track wasn't always elevated like that. It used to be on the ground. This picture from 1906 proves it:
|There it is, with the long-lost Swift & Co. HQ.|
|Across the street, the kick-ass Girard Avenue Farmer's Market.|
|...but it DID exist. This 1910 map has it, even though a 1909 picture I found has the track on the ground.|
Have any info on this? John McLaughlin is not available to help with this mystery, so I'll have to turn it over to Mr. Brown: