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.

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 tower 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)

One of the cornerstones to the rock'n'roll schedule at the Cement Cultural Center is the in-house band, the Rolling Stones.
One of the cornerstones of the rock’n’roll schedule at the Cement Cultural Center is the in-house band, the Rolling Stones.
This is the approximate location of where the arcade game Crusin' USA used to stand. This complex of rocks makes me want to sit in and and pretend like I'm racing through Chicago.
The Cruisin’ USA Complex
This is the approximate location of where the arcade game Crusin’ USA used to stand. This complex of rocks makes me want to sit and pretend like I’m racing through Chicago.
A restaurant resides on the wooden board floor of the Wooden Center. The rock people like to go to this restaurant as it's a 4-star restaurant with excellent service.
A restaurant resides on the wooden board floor of the Wooden Center. The rock people like to go to this restaurant as it’s a 4-star restaurant with excellent service.
Rock Condos 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
The Rock Condos is the hottest place for the rock people to live. They all clamor for its rockin’ style.
Boron Oxide Terrace Tower: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
On the outskirts of Rocktown is the Boron Oxide Terrace Tower. They have a nice forest right next door. The rock residents like to frequent the forest and sit in the giant chair.
Masonry Cove: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
The delightful Masonry Cove wraps around the Masonry Bay. A hotspot amongst the rock people, the waters are warm all year long. The extensive lifeguard system constantly watches over rock swimmers as rocks often sink into water.
Skyline of 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
Boasting one of the best skylines in the world, 2206 West Lawrence has an amazing mix of architectural gems.
Slag Tower: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
One of the tallest buildings at Rocktown, Slag Tower is built upon a strong structure of multiple horizontal stones. Locals and tourists alike visit the observatory to gasp at the dramatic views from Slag Tower.
Mineral Mart: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
The dual-tower construction of Mineral Mart allows it to have an incredible amount of floor space for a varying array of interior design stores. Only the hippest trends in retail merchandising for the finest of rock people’s tastes. When Mineral Mart opened, it was the largest building in the world with its massive construction, it truly stands out in night views.
Wooden Center: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
Another striking view of the Wooden Center with the unconventional wooden floor.
Cement Cultural Center: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
Home to many of Rocktown’s favorite cultural events, the Cement Cultural Center continues to entertain with an immensely popular program of rock’n’roll music.
Cement Cultural Center: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
One of the cornerstones of the rock’n’roll schedule at the Cement Cultural Center is the in-house band, the Rolling Stones.
Phosphorus Plaza: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
A fine example of the innovative architecture at 2206 West Lawrence is Phosphorus Plaza. A fantastic open-air plaza is created by one large stone built on just two bricks. During the warm months, farmers’ markets are held on this plaza.
Scandium Spire: 2206 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago
Scandium Spire is one of the newer buildings at 2206 West Lawrence. The striking simplicity of single-rock-stacked construction is shown at its finest.

Next in the series:

Chapter 2: The Owner Strikes Back

Chapter 3: The Return of Fun

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srhbth
15 years ago

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!

Sparx
15 years ago

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!

unlikelymoose
15 years ago

i got two words for you: concrete mix.

Andre Alforque
15 years ago
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