Saturday, January 6, 2018

Throwback: New Year's Eve 2007

New Year's Eve 2007
On New Year's Eve 2007, I captured a few snapshots and posted three of them to the blog. The one shared above was of the sign at Seaway Bank which reflected a name change. I probably chose those three thanks to some then current events & changes at the time.

In 2008, Seaway National Bank of Chicago would become Seaway Bank & Trust Company in a re-branding. That's what you see here eventually the sign that has been outside of this branch probably since it opened in the 1960s (seen here) would ultimately be replaced. On this day however a simple tarp covers the bank's former official name.

Of course on that day 10 years ago, that wasn't the only shot I captured as I captured the sign of Illinois Service Federal bank near 87th & King Drive. During the summer of 2007, the bank had been robbed and a teller was killed. In recent years the bank robbers have been caught and ultimately convicted for the robbery and murder of a teller.

I also captured a shot of the Family Dollar - across from ISF bank - which was formerly a Food Basket grocery store. The Family Dollar at the time shocked me because I had little idea that the old grocery store had closed. With the Chesterfield Community Council at the time - as documented in their newsletters back then - were opposed to the Family Dollar being there and advocated instead for another grocery store to move in. Unfortunately as happens with real estate and business for whoever owns this property, it's possible getting the rent was more important than who exactly moves in later.

If it wasn't so cold out this New Year's and with snow on the ground, I would've liked to have re-enacted some of these shots and even taken some additional ones on New Year's Eve 2017. From Cottage Grove to King Drive at least, there has been a lot of changes on that stretch

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