Getting Rusty

Guardrail along road on way to Aman's
Guardrail along road on way to Aman’s

Not enough things rust anymore. Rust is beautiful. This guardrail has served it’s purpose for many years and it is now recycling itself. Plastic will be around forever.

I was grabbing some firewood from the porch when I spotted my neighbor, Jared, heading up to the mailbox. I called out to him to save him a trip. “Good luck finding your paper this morning.” None were delivered again. They can’t find a carrier. Jared hollered back, “The paper has gone to shit.”

I picked up my piece from RoCo’s Members Show and we took a walk around downtown. Fuego was closed by the time we got over there but it was warm and sunny so we just wandered. The city center just keeps changing and it is getting better in small ways. The stately buildings are all past their prime but could be saved. The oldest of the funky ones, at Main and Clinton, are begging for a rehab. The converted office and loft space is all nice and the brand new apartments look livable. But why are we still looking at an empty lot where the Manhattan restaurant was? Parcel 5, dead center, is ready for a windstorm. It’s not just the old pictures, it’s the ones in my living memory bank, where the streets were crowded with life that I can’t forget.


3 Replies to “Getting Rusty”

  1. “It’s not just the old pictures, it’s the ones in my living memory bank, where the streets were crowded with life that I can’t forget.” YES

  2. We passed each other on Exchange on Sunday by that little Chinese restaurant. I had a couple cameras hanging around my neck. I thought that was you & Peggi, but I realize it too late. I enjoy your reminiscences of the city of Rochester. I arrived in 1998, and downtown for me has almost always been empty.

  3. I’m pretty tired of reminiscing about the old days of crowded downtown. That’s been gone for thirty years at least. The new downtown is a residential community with 7000 apartments and condos. The corner of Main and Clinton is finally getting developed, but is the last old bit on the east side. The west side will get a huge boost when Constellation’s world headquarters moves into the old Lawyer’s Coop block. We still don’t have a lot of foot traffic but it is noticeably increasing. My vote for saddest corner is Main and South. One abandoned hotel, one Hyatt that is not great, no restaurants, and the Convention Center. Like it or not, the real center of downtown is Dinosaur BBQ. Always busy.

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