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Wear to Where #1 . . . . . . The Inner Loop

November 30th, 2014

Emma Rusa in the Inner Loop: outfit by Thread; handbag by Carrie George. [PHOTO: Clarke Condé]
By Clarke Condé

Welcome to the first in a new series blending geography and fashion with a focus on this place we call Rochester. We are fortunate to have host of boutiques and makers that bring a homegrown sense of Rust Belt chic to the varied spaces here. This series is an exploration of those spaces, many of which would otherwise not even get a second glance…

The Inner Loop is a particularly good place to start this series for two reasons. The first, since construction began in the 1950’s the Inner Loop has divided the City of Rochester socially, politically, economically and racially. It is telling that this road that is the boundary between the richest and poorest legislative districts in Rochester. If there ever was a tangible symbol of the problems with our often divided city, it is the Inner Loop.

The second, because tomorrow this place goes away. The Inner Loop (at least this part of it) will be filled in. Where this shot was taken will be underground and a new place will emerge from a bit of Rochester’s old, and sometimes ugly, past. By burying this part of our past, we get the unique opportunity to start to build a new place.

Model: Emma Rusa external link
Clothing: Thread external link
Bag: Carrie George external link

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If you are a local boutique, maker or model that is interested in participating in the Wear to Where series, please contact Clarke Condé at clarke{at}condephotography.com

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5 Responses to “Wear to Where #1 . . . . . . The Inner Loop”

  1. steve says:

    Cant wait for that shitstorm of traffic.

  2. Or the complete lack of traffic even after the removal of the loop. Just as a thought experiment, let us imagine that all 9,000 cars a day that use it are clustered at rush hour in the morning and in the afternoon. This is an unrealistic assumption, but it is the ‘highest traffic’ one. Now let us define rush hour as a rather dense 7-9am in the morning and 4-6pm in the afternoon. That gives us 4 hours to move 9,000 cars. Or roughly 14,400 seconds. This is roughly a car every 1.6 seconds or 2,250 cars per hour. This is literally less traffic than a single lane round about, such as the one on Broad St. can handle. There are a half dozen east to west routes in the city, all of which are under utilized as it is due to the Inner Loop being there (itself underutilized). This will have almost no effect on traffic at all. There is, quite sadly, just not enough reason to be driving downtown to justify the loop. There probably never was, but cutting up the neighborhoods as they were was surely thought of as a happy result anyway.

  3. Chris says:

    I am so glad to see that portion of the loop going away! I have worked on that project in a supporting role over the last year. The need for the road does not justify the 100 of millions of dollars the State would need the next few years to repair and replace all the crossing bridges. The original goals and objectives for the road do not exist anymore and one could argue that they never did. Spending 17 million to remove it and replace it with a functional pedestrian friendly boulevard is the most prudent and responsible solution. Not to mention the acres that will go back on the tax rolls and the re-connection of the city and neighborhoods.

  4. Ben says:

    The traffic complaints about closing the inner loop are ridiculous, most people who used this section will have to go through 1, maybe 2 lights and will be right back on the inner loop/490 going wherever they needed to go. People act like they are going to be traveling miles out of their way to find the next available highway, which just isn’t the case at all.

    Random question, what do we call the remaining section of the inner loop? It’s not a loop any more.

  5. Chris says:

    What do we call the remaining section of the inner loop? How about “NEXT!” That needs to go as well..though know that it is highly improbably that it will. That section is basically a glorified on-ramp to 490.


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