John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
Did you ever wonder why the breakwater off of South Shore Park was built? It seems that land erosion from waves off of Lake Michigan was eliminating a lot of shoreline. Something had to be done to protect the shore and the houses that were built on the edge of South Shore Park. Many buildings on the south end of S. Superior Street had to be moved because erosion was undoing their foundations. Some houses were moved to the 3200 block of S. Illinois Avenue. Some were placed south of 3165 S. Superior Street. Other houses were moved to other locations. South Myron Street as plotted by the Village of Bay View is located under water close to South Shore Beach. This plotted street was never built on. Its land base just eroded under water. The hill at South Shore Beach is what is left of the land near the lake after the breakwater was built. If you observe the breakwater now, you can see that it still needs more repairs to keep it functional to protect the shore line. Contact Kathy Mulvey at the South Shore Park Watch and learn more about South Shore Park. She can be reached by reading the web site of the South Shore Park Watch located on the bottom of the page on Bay View Now.com. John Sternkopf can also tell you about the things that are happening there. We have a wonderful park here, but due to staff shortages and park funding problems, some of the park is is need of more maintenance. Please help preserve our Bay View parks.