In the 1970s, the focus of urban renewal in Chicago was farther south than Uptown. Young professionals were buying up brownstones on the near north side, renovating them and selling them for a tidy profit. As the tidal wave of renovation, fueled by cheap, run-down properties, swept north, it was inevitable that Uptown would stage a comeback. By the late 1970s, a few urban pioneers began redeveloping properties here. To me, this image of an arch sticking out of the rubble symbolized both the proud past and promising future of Uptown. It would be several decades before the promise was realized however.