Fulton Market on the move

We’ve heard of Chicago neighborhoods undergoing rapid evolutions and boundary changes – but before now we’ve never seen it happen over the course of one newspaper story. A recent Sun-Times article on the up-and-coming Fulton Market area informs readers the neighborhood is loosely bounded by Grand, Ogden, Madison and the Kennedy Expressway. But a mere eight paragraphs later it appears the district, home to warehouses, trendy nosheries and high-end design stores has up and shifted east to a new location, and is now to be found in the area bordered by the Chicago River, Kinzie, Halsted and Randolph streets, according to the Sun-Times.
We suspect that in the second instance they were actually referring to the Fulton River District, a growing residential area redeveloped from old railroad and manufacturing land in the mid-’90s. The two neighborhoods’ names are a little confusing. Maybe the developers who come up with these monikers to turn vacant land into ready-to-sell neighborhoods should get together for a drink by their Fulton River and come up with something a little better….

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