A yellow brick road honors ‘Oz’ author on site of his home
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A yellow brick road honors ‘Oz’ author on site of his home

A yellow brick sidewalk 200 feet long will be completed this week outside a Humboldt Park affordable housing cluster to commemorate L. Frank Baum, who lived on the site when he wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Installation of a mural will follow the yellow brick road sometime this fall or spring. The nod to Baum is part of this year’s complete rehab of nine units of affordable rental housing built on the site in the 1980s. While a city of Chicago marker noting Baum’s tenure is already there, “it’s leaning over, and we didn’t think it was enough to celebrate L. Frank Baum, his writing and a movie that is probably the most-seen movie ever made,” said Joy Aruguete, chief executive officer of Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, the not-for-profit that owns and is rehabbing the housing. Bickerdike, half a century old, is a community developer that recently completed a $144.4 million rehab of 318 two-, three-and four-bedroom units of affordable housing in West Town, all built in 1983 and 1988. The yellow brick road art, including 200 feet of sidewalk on the corner of Humboldt Boulevard and Wabansia Avenue, and a tile mosaic mural called “There’s No Place Like […]

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