Last pay telephone near construction at Liberty pole.

Downtown Rochester in ruins.

Sidewalks were crumbled and streets were missing. Everything looked like an ancient city that has been abandoned for years. Wind was blowing dirt from where roads use to be and formed a dust storm making it hard to see even a few feet in front of you. And then out of the abyss of chaos appeared what looked like what resembled an old pay phone. I wonder how ancient civilization used such a primitive device.
There has been a lot of construction in downtown Rochester, NY as of late. Many old buildings have been refurbished and new ones built. The inner loop between Main Street and Monroe has been filled in and bridges removed. Now it looks like all the sidewalks will be updated and all the old pay phones sent to the crap yards.

Empty store front near construction on Clinton ave downtown.
Empty store front near construction on Clinton ave downtown.

New sidewalks and roads on Main Street.
New sidewalks and roads on Main Street.

Sibley building and Liberty pole sidewalk all torn up.
Sibley building and Liberty pole sidewalk all torn up.

Construction on the Liberty pole sidewalk area.
Construction on the Liberty pole sidewalk area.

Construction on Main Street across from where midtown plaza use to be.
Construction on Main Street across from where midtown plaza use to be.
Last pay telephone near construction at Liberty pole.
Last pay telephone near construction at Liberty pole.

New sidewalks.
New sidewalks.

Side view of sidewalks.
Side view of sidewalks.

New parking spots.
New parking spots.

One Reply to “Downtown Rochester in ruins.”

  1. The pain of progress! What we’ve known since Jane Jacobs, etc., of the 1960s, a city either is going forward or going backward at all times…no such thing as “standing still.” The only problem: my definition of “forward” may be somebody else’s definition of “backward.” Therein lies the politics of the thing!

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