For The Love of The Ward

Sox-35th Red Line Station Chicago

Crosstown Classic/For The Love of The Ward
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The Original "L" Train

The Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line trains run north-south through dozens of Chicago's neighborhoods. The original L train lines were built in 1892, making the CTA the third oldest rapid transit system in America, and as the city has expanded and changed, the train system has grown to be the fourth largest in the country.

No expansion came about without a measure of labor and an extended commitment to find funding by Chicago politicos. No figure looms larger in the history of Chicago than Mayor Richard J. Daley. For 21 years, he was the undisputed boss of Chicago, always living in his modest home in Bridgeport less than half a mile from Comiskey.

This video vividly illuminates the lasting power of the first Mayor Daley. Congressman Dan Rostenkowski, interviewed in 1980 when he was the Chairman of Ways and Means Committee, tells the story of how Daley, through a single call to President Lyndon Johnson, was able to divert federal funds intended for the expansion of the Blue Line on the northwest side to a project to expand the Red Line to service his Bridgeport neighborhood on the south side.

“That was Daley, he loved his neighborhood, he loved his community, and he took care of his people.”
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