Top of the Morning, Feb. 3, 2014: From the archives

Top of the Morning, Feb. 3, 2014: From the archives

You might think a photo of a road would be boring.

Maybe for you.

Went poking around in our archives and found some photos of roads that don't quite look the way they do now.

As I looked at the photos, I sometimes found it hard to remember the roads the way they were then, even though all these changes have taken place since I arrived in C-U in 1972 to go to college.

North Prospect Avenue before it was "North Prospect." That one I just couldn't remember at all. I may never have driven there back then.

I remember when Windsor Road didn't go under the railroad tracks that parallel Neil Street, but I hadn't seen evidence of that in years.

And it hasn't been that long since my GPS started yelling at me the first time I took the Curtis Road interchange.

Another thing I enjoyed about some of the photos is that they also show businesses that border the roads. Some of those businesses no longer exist. There's a perfectly pedestrian photo of the corner of Neil and Green streets, for instance. Not much to look at. Except there's Katsinas. (And Sandy Lyon on a billboard in the background.)

There's Wright Street when it was just one-way north. Still freaks me out a little to go south on Wright at Green.

One thing I couldn't find: the lane signals on Green Street west of Edison that changed the center lane direction depending on the time of day. If anyone has photos of those lanes and signals to share, please drop me a note at

And photos of any roads you'd like to add? Same address.

Thanks, by the way, to John Bingaman and Julie Cox for sharing their photos of when the Chicago Bears came to town in 1986.

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