If you’ve ever visited Cincinnati, you might have been advised to leave your watch at home. Not because of thieves, but because there are so many public clocks in that city’s downtown that you don’t need a watch. The place is loaded with clocks on buildings, atop free-standing posts, even worked into sculptures. There’s never an excuse to be late in the Queen City of the Midwest.
In Chicago, alas, if you want to know what time it is, you have to go the less-civilized route of looking at your cell phone. Except in Andersonville, where Edgeville Buzz reports that a new apartment building is going to feature a great big clock tower.
The location for this bit of old-world charm is 5457 North Clark, currently the home of a deceased convenience store and its oil-stained parking lot. The new building from Candea Development is expected to be four-stories tall, with 44 residences, and 13 parking spaces.
The building will be across the street from a Walgreens and a Jewel-Osco.
Also interesting, it will also be across the street from the neighborhood’s planned new “community gathering space.” The city plans to remove the parking from a block of West Catalpa Avenue and return that public property to the public. It’s expected to be used for community events like farmer’s markets; or just an area for people to socialize, once that’s a good idea again.