This post will feature the Riverside neighborhood of Des Plaines. Riverside is the oldest neighborhood in Des Plaines and is situated along the Mississimi River. Historically Riverside has been the first stop for new immigrants in Des Plaines' history. While that is still true today, the neighborhood is rapidly gentrifying due to its close proximity to downtown and its wealth of beautiful old historic buildings and landmarks. Despite the rush of yuppies moving in, the neighborhood still has a reputation for being on the dangerous side.
View of neighborhood:
The Encroaching Downtown:
Example of Housing Stock:
The hip and artsy Lincoln Street.
20 years ago people would laugh at you and think you were nuts if you moved over here. Now it's one of the hottest addresses in town.
Housing around Lincoln Street:
Barely visible at top right is the Des Plaines Modern Art Museum before downtown.A huge tourist destination.
Street to avenue widening has left an odd, uneven steetscape and caused the loss of many historic buildings.
Roads are packed at all hours.
EL to subway transition.
Northern section of Riverside is mainly composed of single family homes which are separated from the dense apartments by the firefighters memorial and the Old German Chuch and Cemetery.
Next update I will show downtown. Later updates will have calm rural areas, and blighted ghettos. I have most fun making the ghettos look as depressingly realistic as possible, so stay tuned!