The small homes that formerly dotted Grand Avenue in Elmhurst harkened back to a simpler time when less house and more green space was valued. Today, packing as many people into a behemoth structure is what is in vogue. Developers and architects incorporate absolutely no tasteful elements in their building designs; therefore, people's homes now resemble barracks. Actually, many army barracks are better looking than both of the examples presented here.
Van Loon Street and Grand Avenue is an appropriate corner for this grand loony example of Queens Crap. The builder obviously exploited several loopholes in the zoning code to erect this monstrosity. The building contains "community facilities," one of which is already boarded up, and occupies a corner lot and adjacent lots which allow for greater density. Note the firehouse at the extreme right. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see what types of homes were at this site decades ago.