North First Street

storage case for the map
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This is a porcelain recreation of the 1924 Sanborn Map of Champaign, IL.  This particular section of town experienced a decline in use after the train track bed was raised along the west (left) side in 1928.  Most of the houses imprinted on the porcelain slabs have since been torn down, while many other parts of Champaign remain intact.  The houses in this historically Black neighborhood, today called North First Street, fell into disrepair and were deemed to be not of historical significance due to their building materials and monetary value.  The map was set up at a North First Street Business Association meeting.  Young urban planning students in their eagerness to pass out materials stepped on the edges, breaking some of the pieces of the map.