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The Bloomingdale Line will soon become an elevated linear park and trail through four West Side neighborhoods.

‘Reframing Ruin’ captures images of an historic rail line, soon to be elevated urban park

by Carrie Eidson
Feb 13, 2013

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A project over 14 years in the making is entering the next phase in its journey from conception to reality. This spring, construction will begin on the Bloomingdale Trail, a linear park converted from an elevated railroad line running through Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Wicker Park and Bucktown.

A volunteer group, Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, is curating a photography exhibit called "Reframing Ruin" designed to preserve images of the trail as it is now. The exhibit will feature works by amateur and professional photographers, as well as teenagers from the Youth Service Project in Humboldt Square.

The Bloomingdale Trail, expected to be open to the public by late 2014, will add nearly three miles of park space to these areas, which have less green space than many other parts of the city, according to the Trust for Public Land.