The number of pedestrians is astonishing! What city is this?
All the pedestrians appear to be headed North. Free beer?
This was from a time when people LIVED in cities not just commuted in and out of them everyday....
Great photo. And not a single person on their I Phone.
Old photos are so neat, especially when they speak so loud and clear. thanks for posting!
The look today is so different. Maybe it's because we don't walk anymore. I know I don't.
As someone said in the last few days, so sterile looking. The character has gone but there is still a Ford on the same northwest corner.
Ken in Texas
(Message edited by drkbp on February 24, 2015)
That vehicle may have a Ford badge, but it's really just another plastic piece of
Tupperware with wheels. :-P
Sterile, sterile, sterile ....
Norman made the comment that the number of pedestrians in the original photo is astonishing. My thought exactly. Amazing how busy downtowns were years ago.
A few years ago I was trying to figure out how to get around downtown Albany, NY with my 1924 Franklin on a trip to Syracuse. The highways around the city are hugely congested and traffic goes at 70 mph in spite of the 55 mph speed limit.
So I wondered what would it be like to simply drive right through downtown Albany. Almost past the state capitol, all the financial buildings, etc. I did this on a Friday morning. And there was hardly any traffic at all ! Couldn't believe it. Was the easiest way to get through a city I'd ever done.
I think it's because few people ever go downtown anymore. All the businesses are in the suburbs and outlying areas. And all traffic is on the bypasses. And all the pedestrians are gone, too.
When I was a kid in San Jose, CA construction started on the then brand new and first shopping center in the Santa Clara Valley, Valley Fair. I distinctly remember the adults being highly critical of it. "Who the heck is going to go all the way out there to shop?" "They're crazy! Shopping and business are done downtown."
Well, it seems to have been the beginning of the end for downtown San Jose, and downtowns in general. Over the ensuing decades the word "downtown" is seldom heard without also hearing about blight, slums, the need for "redevelopment", and the like.
In my humble opinion, we have the Model T and all the early cars to thank for this development. Mobility provided choices in where we live, where we shop, we here we bank, and all manner of other things not previously available. The 2 photos in this thread are clear evidence of the changes that materialized in the second half of the 20th century.