|The intersection of North 24th and Lake Streets in the 1940s.|
According to the Nebraska State Historical Society, today it was announced that the 24th and Lake Historic District has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places! Woohoo!
"North 24th and Lake Historic District: The intersection of North 24th and Lake Streets has a long, complex history in North Omaha, dating to the late 19th century and the establishment of streetcar lines. Originally residential, the area slowly commercialized as business owners capitalized on the intersection of two streetcar lines and the increasing numbers of immigrants that settled in the area. Significantly damaged by the 1913 Omaha tornado, the district quickly rebounded as a center of commerce.
At the same time, the neighborhood became a center of jazz music and of African American civic and cultural life, hosting numerous music halls, businesses, and professionals that catered to Omaha's growing black population. Created by discriminatory housing policies and other forms of segregation, both customary and legal, the neighborhood faced severe challenges in the mid-twentieth century. Riots in 1966, 1968, and 1969, declining economic prosperity, the loss of businesses due to freeway construction and the end of streetcar service all took their toll.
The neighborhood currently is undergoing a resurgence driven by public and private investment, restoring its vitality and importance in Omaha's civic and cultural life."
Congrats to everyone involved in making this exciting development happen!
- A History of North 24th Street
- A History of the Near North Side
- A History of North Omaha's Jewish Community