Chicago Flashback
Culled my old photo collections looking for more Chicago architecture and landmarks to display. Some things will always be the same to me. No matter how many times it is called the Willis Tower I will always refer to it as the Sears Tower. One thing I do miss about Chicago is the historic character of it. Whenever I go around Toronto I can’t shake the feeling that the city only really came into existence in the 1960s and 70s. The rough around the edges nature of the Chicago L is just one of the things that shows just how old the city is. The brick flats are another iconic example of Chicago that I have not found in the places I have lived since.
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There, in Delaware
Enjoyed some of the summer preview temperatures in spring by going up to Delaware Park to do some exploring. Decided to focus on some of the details in this park and the surrounding neighbourhood. I took this opportunity to try experimenting some more with depth of field.
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Saturday Morning
First time in ages that I got up early on Saturday, so I decided to take advantage of the morning sun and photograph downtown Buffalo in the morning. The nice low sun hitting the buildings squarely really brings out their features and makes them radiant. I also have decided to start seeking out the numerous ghost signs in Buffalo, a nice snapshot and occasional humorous of the past since some signs are decades old. Downtown was happened to be very busy this particular morning with a charity walk, flooding the city with an unheard of number of people for a Saturday morning.
Freighter Arrives
Decided to head south one day for my nightly walk and noticed that the Michigan Ave lift bridge was up. Headed over quickly and got to see my second lake freighter since I arrived in Buffalo. I’ve always been more interested in trains and boats than trucks since they are more efficient at moving large quantities. After waiting for the Herbert C Jackson of the Interlake Steamship Company to clear the bridge, I quickly made my way to the Ohio Street lift bridge just in time to see the freighter approach. The Jackson finally docked in Elevator Alley at the ADM facility. It’s kind of sad how much this country has declined industrially in the last 50 years. Even the working ADM plant is not in the best shape these days.
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69. Better “Don’t Enter” Signifiers

Today, I noticed the most interesting thing. Despite the fact that 7 trains heading to the east were not running, there was still people on the platform, waiting for trains that would never come.
Unfortunately, the MTA employees have to use a system of tape when a line is shut down, and they can’t always get to putting the tape up, which causes lost fares, frustration, and a sense of being let down by unhappy customers.
If there was somehow an automatic system that could be activated whenever a station needed to be shut down, this could be avoided.
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Chicago Revisited: River North
Dug up more pictures showcasing the Chicago River, including a dramatic shine from the afternoon sun that shows off this feature wonderfully. I do miss having the feel of a waterway in an urban setting, although there is a long way to go before people can truly interact with this amenity in a “San Antonio River Walk” kind of way.
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More from the old town
Decided to go back and expand on my photography before my first trip to Toronto. The campus of Illinois Tech in Chicago has a lot of notable modernist architecture, and the school in general does have a feeling of looking to the future. The historic Main Building feels out of place now amongst the newer glass and steel framed buildings, whom in turn feel ironically out of place next to the new dorms with their shining metal. The commuter rail station for Metra, one of their newest, also stands out from other stations in the system with its dramatic concrete ramps, metal shelters, and paving bricks. The quaintness that characterizes many of their suburban stations is not found here.
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Delaware Park in Buffalo
I finally decided to take advantage of the incredibly warm weather and walk around Delaware Park for the first time since I arrived in Buffalo. The area around Park Lake next to the Albright-Knox Gallery reminds me a lot of the Museum Campus in Chicago. One big difference though is the lower illumination compared to Chicago. Delaware Park is markedly dimmer after sunset, being situated in a predominately residential area far away from the downtown light sources. It makes getting clear handheld night time shots much more difficult, requiring me to use higher ISOs and deal with more image noise. The night sky ends up noisier since there is less light being thrown upward. I hope to go back soon with my tripod and get much improved shots.
Chicago High Rise Collection
An older collection of historic Chicago high rises and new condo construction. The skyline of the city has been changing rapidly during the last generation. The Hilliard Towers are high rise public housing that have survived the wrecking ball, fortunately. Whereas much of the high rise public housing has been demolished for newer mixed developments, these iconic housing towers have withstood the test of time and were actually rehabilitated.
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