Monday, February 4, 2013

Brick Paved Stretch Of Wayne - To Be Restored?

             Wayne avenue from Morse to Farwell may well be the last two way brick paved street in use in Chicago. Through the grapevine it has been learned that the repair and restoration will be up for a vote in the upcoming participatory budget for the 49th Ward. Having such a street in existence in this day and age is indeed a rarity. As has been pointed out previously the road has suffered many insults recently due to work from People's Gas and just wear and tear from decades of use. 

               To our horror the brick paved road in the past has been patched with asphalt and the bricks neatly stacked on the parkway for any passerby to take. (This writer has a few of those bricks) In order for this historic stretch of road to survive it must be restored properly. And if you think about how little repair the stretch of road has needed in its lifetime it would be more cost effective to repair it than to replace it. Keeping this brick paved road intact would also be a nice added tourist attraction and should be denoted by an historical plaque. This is something that is important for the city of Chicago and for Rogers Park.

Asphalt patch mars the otherwise picturesque brick paved roadway. Mayne Stage @ end of this last stretch of Wayne.

1 comment:

Philip McGregor Rogers said...

I personally count 7 patches on the blow up of the larger picture at the bottom.

Not long before this brick paved street becomes more patch than brick.

This would be a fun project to watch get done.