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The Back Porch, A Chicago Tradition, Prompts Concern; Residents Wary After Deadly Collapse
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Author: Le, Phuong
Date: Jul 13, 2003
Start Page: A.05
Section: A SECTION

After a porch in his neighborhood collapsed June 29, killing 13 people, [Dave Majors] has begun to wonder whether his deck would hold up, crammed as it is with an old refrigerator, mattresses and sofa.

At least 50 people -- mostly professionals in their twenties -- were standing on a porch at a weekend party when it collapsed in Chicago's affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood. The city has said the porch was constructed illegally, without a permit.

New York has its steel fire escapes. Chicago has thousands of wooden back porches that were first built in the early 1900s, said Stanley Tigerman, a Chicago architect. The way the city was laid out left room for alleys, he said, and the extra space made the porches possible.

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