What Chicago residents do with empty lots: Chapter 1 (Buildings of Hope)

Once upon a time, there was a laundromat named D&L Coin Laundry next to my apartment building in Chicago. All was happy in this grand land of clean clothes. The laundromat even had my favorite arcade game, Crusin’ USA.

Then one day in the Spring of 2008, the laundromat was torn down. Men came and carried away all the bricks. The once happy laundromat is now gone. In its place is now an empty lot. Well not exactly empty.

A chunks of concrete are left behind, scattered about. Sad sad lot. The lot sits for months with nothing getting built. My creative neighbors decide, “if they aren’t going to build anything on this lot, WE WILL!” In July 2008, my constructive neighbors stack all the lonely concrete blocks creating little statues.

A rock community is built upon this empty lot. Skyscrapers of rock towers over the gleaming linoleum-tile foundation. Eclectic delight is spread throughout the land of 2206 West Lawrence as each building had its own unique design. Some squat, some tall; each creatively built with care.

But will these delightful buildings stand the test of time? Check out Chapter 2 (The Owner Strikes Back)

The Cherry Tower: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago The Cruisin' USA Complex: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Wooden Center: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Rock Condos: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Boron Oxide Terrace Tower: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Masonry Cove: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Skyline of 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Slag Tower: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Mineral Mart: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Wooden Center: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Cement Cultural Center: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Cement Cultural Center: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Phosphorus Plaza: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago Scandium Spire: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago

Chapter 1: Buildings of Hope

Chapter 2: The Owner Strikes Back

Chapter 3: The Return of Fun

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this is so funny! I love the cute little descriptions you came up with for the different “buildings.” did you actually see people stacking these up at any point? or did you really do it all yourself? haha, the little code word I have to type in before I can post my comment is “really27.” and I am really 27!

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Ooooh! Wait until there’s enough snow and then build a snow laundromat! Snow washers and dryers, with snow people putting snow quarters into them. Folding their snow pants!

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i got two words for you: concrete mix.

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