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Opposition to Planned Teardown of 10 Marktown Bldgs

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In East Chicago, residents have gone to the City Council to try and prevent several buildings in Marktown from being torn down. The ten properties in the north Lake County neighborhood have been purchased by BP. A spokesman for the oil giant says the company has been buying homes from people willing to sell in areas around the refinery for the past several years with plans of turning the properties into greenspace.  Buildings slated for demolition May 5th include the former Marktown hotel and boarding house on Dickey Road, and houses on Riley Road, Grove Street, Oak Street, Liberty Street, and Spring Street.   Designed by Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1917 in the style of an English village as corporate or industrial housing for Chicago industrialist Clayton Mark's Mark Manufacturing, the East Chicago neighborhood known as Marktown eventually landed on the National Register of Historic Places, but that designation in and of itself does not prevent demolitions. The neighborhood was included in Ripley's Believe It or Not as the only town in North America where people park their cars on sidewalks and walk on the streets.


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