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Has MDW Always Been Surrounded By Neighborhoods?  
User currently offline7E72004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2212 times:

Has MDW always been "landlocked?" I was wondering if there was a point where there was empty land in which another runway could have been built. It would have been nice if there were two runways in which planes could make a parallel landing...then Peotone would not even be an issue  Big grin I am just curious. Thanks and cheers  Big grin

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User currently offlineDAYflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2207 times:

Yup...almost always. It was designed long ago and built for another era, so it was not figured in for much expansion.

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

In the mid-50's there was a Braniff Convair that crashed on approach to MDW across the street from the airport. It was too low and hit a gas station sign, flipped over and caught fire. There were some survivors. What I remember about it was the photos in the paper. One was from an airplane a couple of thousand feet above MDW airport and showing that "...landing at Midway was like landing on a postage stamp". So, yeah, there were population and buildings and homes surrounding the airport as far back as the mid-fifties.
safe


User currently offlineJsnww81 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2136 times:

Midway (then called Chicago Municipal) was on the edge of the city when it opened in the 1920s. There were some neighborhoods to the immediate east (in the Garfield Ridge area) that were just starting to develop... the grid pattern of streets had been built, but construction of homes was sporadic.

If you look at aerials from that era, today's grid network of streets exists around the airport, but homes/businesses are few and far between. There are a few businesses on Cicero Avenue and 63rd Street, but still mostly empty lots. Then the Depression came and homebuilding came to almost a complete stop.

After World War II the area around MDW exploded... most of the houses that now hem in the airport were literally built in five years between 1945 and 1950. Remember, the streets and utilities were already hooked up, so it was easy to throw up an angular, then-futuristic 1950s Chicago bungalow. By 1950 the airport was completely surrounded by mostly new homes and businesses.


User currently offlineTjwgrr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2125 times:

Quoting Isitsafenow (Reply 2):
In the mid-50's there was a Braniff Convair that crashed on approach to MDW across the street from the airport

And this one too:

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19721208-1


User currently offlineClrd2go From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2107 times:

If I'm not mistaken, in that 1972 crash, wasn't the wife of Watergate figure
E Howard Hunt killed on that flight (with rumors of a suitcase full of cash buzzing around)?


Jim


User currently offlineTjwgrr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2081 times:

Quoting Clrd2go (Reply 5):
If I'm not mistaken, in that 1972 crash, wasn't the wife of Watergate figure
E Howard Hunt killed on that flight (with rumors of a suitcase full of cash buzzing around)?
Jim

Yes, an excellent article about this in the November 2004 Airways Magazine titled, "Remembering the Deaths of Kings."



User currently offlineClrd2go From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

How is the money explained (apologies for the digression)


Jim


User currently offlineMDW22L31C From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2054 times:

My best bet would be if you could more the corners or lower road a 55th Cicero Avenue and 55th and Central then you could extend the 31c and 22L at Midway.

User currently offline7E72004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2048 times:

What about just demolishing entire neighborhoods and adding a parellel runway??  Big grin Although, that would be difficult because of O'Hare traffic; would it even be possible to have parellel landings at MDW (theoretically) with O'Hare in the region??

User currently offlineMDW22L31C From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2040 times:

Any one know the temperature at the Baby Doll Polka Club?

User currently offline7E72004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2037 times:

where did that come from and how is it related to this thread??

User currently offlineMDW22L31C From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Baby Doll Polka Club is on Central Ave right across form MIDWAY. Baby Doll Polka Club is a code for Temperature at MIDWAY by radio stations on Chi Town

User currently offline7E72004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

i see.......................  Big grin

User currently offlineTimz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1957 times:

FWIW, Midway wasn't alway a mile square like it is now. I think it started as the SE quarter of the present square, then (in the 1930s?) expanded westward. I never have found out exactly when they removed that east-west railroad across what's now midfield-- probably after 1940?

User currently offlineDc8jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

Check out the book Chicago's Midway Airport The First Seventy-Five Years
by Christopher Lynch. Quite a few pics of MDW taken over the years.


User currently offline7E72004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1775 times:

I remember being at MDW in 1988 and it was a ZOO!

User currently offlineOzarkD9S From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1763 times:

Wouldn't it be great if they had zoo's at airports?

Just seeing how far this topic can get off course!


User currently offline7E72004 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

This sounds like it could head into an "Airplane!" type thread! "A zoo?, what is it?" "It is a big area with lots of animals but that is not important now."  Smile

User currently offlineIsitsafenow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

Jeremy, you were born too late. Ya shudda been walking through the MDW terminal in 57 or 58. Now theres a zoo!. This was the pre-jet era and ORD was open but for international flights and very few domestic flights....very few.

safe


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

7E72004:

ROTFLMFAO!

Good one.


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