City at a Crossroads: Chicago Confronts Urban Blight, 1954

Two slum buildings, soon to be razed and replaced by vast housing project, bracket the Palmolive building a few blocks east in Chicago.
Fritz Goro
'50s
Fritz Goro—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

LIFE.com remembers a series of photographs made in Chicago in 1954 and featured in LIFE in the spring of 1955, focusing on what the magazine called the "encroaching menace" of the city's slums. Read More

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