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Unformatted text preview: Wrigleyville Wrigley Field was built in 1914, and it was officially named Wrigley Field in 1926 after the president of the chewing gum company. It was designed by the same architect who devised Comiskey Park for the White Sox, Zachary Taylor Davis. Wrigley Field was of course designed to be a baseball ballpark, but it didn’t come to be home of the Cubs until two years after it was built. Wrigley Field was put where it was for economic reasons. The new owners of the Cubs needed a place to move them away from their dilapidated stadium on the South Side. They also needed to put the new ballpark in a place where it was easily accessible to many paying customers. Therefore, Wrigley Field was placed in a working class neighborhood in Lakeview. The community of Wrigleyville developed after the field was built. It consists of many low-rise flats and houses. These tall brick structures are the backbone of Wrigleyville, as they were constructed rapidly during the Industrial Era in America and haven’t been changed much since. Apart from housing, the district of Wrigleyville contains many other structures that coexist with the ballpark, including bars, restaurants, and shops that cater to the fans. The tradition of accessibility has also been continued as the city has grown over the years, with the Addison stop on the El dropping you off right next to the stadium. Wrigley Field serves as a hub for the district, and Wrigleyville is the loosely defined surrounding area. As a whole, the district has changed much since it was developed in the early 1900’s, but it still serves its purpose as being one of the most fun and interesting places to go in Chicago. This is due to the interactions between all of the structures, which occur as a result of the architecture. You get a sense of the historical atmosphere right when you get off the el. After walking through a short alleyway, you are dumped onto Waveland Avenue directly across from the stadium. Through observing the phenomenology of the focus, you are transported back to an early time in America’s history. All of the houses are built of varying shades of brick, as well as the bars and shops. These dull colors reinforce a sense of humility; people here are working for their money, and when there isn’t a game at Wrigley Field, the area seems quiet and shut down....
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