Growing up as a kid I remember how beautiful downtown Rochester was around Christmas time. There use to be tons of lights and decorations on every single tree and pole all along Main Street. You could go window shopping because all the stores would compete to see who could create the very best display possible.
Let’s also not forget Midtown Plaza when it had Magic Mountain and the Monorail that would go around the whole length of the Plaza. It’s such a shame that the current generation of children can’t enjoy the first indoor mall that ever existed and experience what its like to travel straight through Magic Mountain on a mini train suspended from the ceiling.
What I’m super thankful for is that they relocated the clocks of the world to the Rochester International Airport instead of throwing it into a garbage dump. I know that it needed a lot of work to get it fixed up again but its a monumental object that is worth keeping.
Just like Midtown Plaza, the clock and monorail, downtown Rochester is nothing like it use to be. All the stores that funded the lights and decorations are long gone with only a few now to remind those of us who remember what it use to be like. No more can we get pizza, grilled cheese and hot cocoa from McCrory’s or new cloths from Sibley’s department store. And even though the Regional Transit Service buses lined up along Main Street forcing you to wait in the cold it was still an amazing sight to see. Now all the old fashioned bus shelters are gone and everyone now waits inside the New Transit center thats not much different than an Airport.
While some things have improved and times have changed there’s one thing that will always remain. It’s the memories of how great and lively downtown Rochester, NY use to be.