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Gasoline Alley: 1935

Gasoline Alley: 1935

December 1935. "Hamilton County, Ohio. Cincinnati slum dwellings." An alleyway view of the "Garage" sign seen in the previous post. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Ham Alley

According to Jeffrey's map, this is Ham Alley -- the buildings to the left face Eastern Avenue and the buildings to the right face Marengo Street.

Thank you Shorpy

I had always thought Gasoline Alley to be mythical, after the comic strip. Not only are there quite a few Gasoline Alleys, there are several Tobacco Roads.

The Slums of Cincy

Having grown up in Cincinnati, I think those slums were in the area of Eastern Avenue which ran parallel and close to the Ohio River.

Since the photos are from 1935, they precede the great flood of 1937 in Cincy which caused great damage throughout the city. After the waters receded, Eastern Avenue was still blighted and didn't turn it around until years later.

The last I heard, that area has been revitalized and is now a haven for yuppies with new condos, parks, and shopping built throughout the river bank. Little do they know as they sip their Chablis on their patios on a summer evening, the despair that once thrived in that area.

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