In my never-ending search for images that will help me understand Rochester and its changes over the last century, I went back this afternoon to look at a collection of aerial photographs taken by the Army School of Aerial Photography, encamped here in Kodak Park, in 1918 and 1919.
And I found another photo that shows the intersection of University and Main, where Anderson Park is located – one of the parks I wrote about in my most recent post.
Then I went to Google Earth to get as close an approximation of the same view as I could. So here is the comparison – the first is from 1918.
Here it is in 2005. I say that because it actually has gotten worse since the 2005 Google image. Anyway, here you go.
It took me almost an hour to figure out the comparison. I looked for quite a while before I could find enough survivors to get the orientation correct.
While I am at it, two more comparisons that may be of interest.
First, here is the intersection of West and Chili, in 1918.
West and Chili diverge near the bottom of the image, with West running up and Chili running out. There is a wonderful church at the intersection – that large building on the left of the diagonal divergence – and somehow it has survived. Take a look.
When you are down on the street, it’s actually worse today than it looks. Not that it looks all that great.
And finally, the intersection of Alexander and South, in a neighborhood here called the South Wedge. First from 1918.
South is running up diagonally at the bottom of this image. Alexander is one of the last streets running up and down in this image, at the right.
The South Wedge is really a pretty nice neighborhood, and seems to be the most intact in this group of comparisons.
No additional commentary from me, this evening. Talk amongst yourselves.