Dear readers, let’s take a short break from redeveloping Rochester. Instead, can we take a moment to consider that which we’ve lost? That which we can still repair?
This week, let’s talk about parks. Specifically, let’s talk about Lomb Memorial Park, and Schiller Park. But first, take a look at Columbus Circle in New York City (above). Oh man! Look at poor Christopher Columbus hanging out there all alone in the middle of traffic. At least he has a convenient parking spot for his car. Wait, what? You say that Columbus Circle doesn’t look anything like that? Well, I guess it doesn’t, now…
Lomb Memorial Park
Here is Lomb Memorial Park and Mr. Lomb’s monument all sliced up by Upper Falls Blvd. Boy, I can’t wait to see the “after” version of this shot. Wait, there is no after? It looks just like this now? Well that’s a real let down.
If you thought Henry Lomb was less-than-famous, imagine how Freidrich von Schiller feels. This poor guy was a German-American poet over 200 years ago. Fittingly, Mr. Schiller wrote a poem entitled Hope. Here’s an excerpt:
Begot in the brain of a jester,
Proclaimed aloud in the heart it is:
We are born for that which is better!
And what the innermost voice conveys,
The hoping spirit ne’er that betrays.
Unfittingly, here’s where Mr. Schiller’s monument lives today…
Schiller Monument was originally located at East Main and University Avenue. The monument was moved to Schiller Park (previously known as Franklin Square) at Andrews and Franklin Streets during the construction of the Inner Loop. The new Inner Loop also sliced Schiller Park in half.
I guess Mr. Schiller is left “hoping” that one of the 18,000 cars that drive by on the inner loop each day somehow notice his bust on the embankment. I’d love to draw some fancy rendering of what could be done to Schiller Park to restore it to its former glory. I’d love to wax eloquently on what it could be, but we already know…
As Damon Albarn once said, “Put it back together.” Let’s do this Rochester. We know we can.
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