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Monday, December 5
While the demolition permit has not been filed, Greater Little Rock The Lord's Church was sold at the end of August, and Walgreens plans to build a small store on the site. The predominantly African American church has been in the neighborhood for nearly 40 years, but its aging congregation has been stymied by the building's staircases as well as increasing residential and commercial parking restrictions, including the elimination of the Sunday parking meter exemption ushered in with the parking meter privatization deal. The result is the church is moving out of Lincoln Park to a new one-story location with parking at 647 N. Kedzie Ave.
The proposed Walgreens location has met with some protest, including a Sheffield Neighborhood Association meeting coordination with the alderman, developer and Walgreens, during which concerns were voiced about how the store could change Armitage's street life.
Over the course of 2012 David Schalliol produced a photographic portrait of 100 of the hundreds of buildings threatened with demolition in the city of Chicago. Nearly all of the buildings have since been demolished. Visit the background information section for more information about the project, including definitions and links to other building resources.
The series is supported by a generous grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.