In a hundred years in any city, change is pervasive. We constantly reshape our urban places to suit our sense of what is most important, most desirable, most necessary. And so here, on Scio Street just north of East Avenue, in Rochester, we can see what that refocusing has created, thanks to Mr. Stone.
Scio Street, looking north from East Avenue, in 1912.
Scio Street, looking north from East Avenue, 2015.
Yes, as far as the eye can see on the west side of Scio, that is a parking garage, for about 750 cars.
The little street visible in the 1912 image, on the right, is called Bell Alley. Today if you strolled over to take its measure, you would find this:
If you walked down Bell Alley to Matthews Street, and then looked back towards Scio, you would see this:
So it has gone, in almost every city in America. Ahh – progress.
I should probably stop snooping around at these photographs….