Chicago Tribune

One of the last industrial facilities in the fast-gentrifying Clybourn Corridor looks more like a set from “Mad Max” than the glittering, tech-friendly utopia portrayed in videos promoting Chicago for Amazon’s second headquarters.

Nearly every day, claw-mounted cranes at the General Iron Industries scrap yard feed flattened cars, twisted rebar and used appliances into hulking shredders that reduce the metallic waste into chunks the size of a coffee can. Smoke pours out of the machines as semis and pickup trucks back into piles of metal, scrap is plucked off barges moored along the Chicago River, and tower-mounted sprinklers spray a fine mist across the wreckage.

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