Demolition of Washburne Trade School on West 31st Street. Chicago Illinois. Late July 2009., a photo by Eddie from Chicago on Flickr.
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I was passing through My old neighborhood on the near southwest side of Chicago one hot Summer day, back in July of 2009, when I had stopped to take this photo.
After I had graduated from Curie High School in 1981, I next had attended Washburne Trade School at West 31st Street and South Kedzie Avenue for a couple of years.
Needless to say...America's economy was very bad during the mid 1980's under U.S President Ronald Reagan, and there was no work to be found in most of the trades tought here.
Washburne was already closed and very abandoned for approximately 10 years or so, when they finally began to demolish this building in stages begining in late 2007.
The building was approaching the final stages of demolition by the time of this photo.
Several local neighborhood citizens are lobbying their local politicians to redevelope this site in to a large city park. For the time being, it is a big vacant lot surrounded by a chain link fence.
For many years, Washburne Trade School was originally the Liguid Carbonic Corp factory in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood.