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I noticed grass growing on the piles of dirt in the Inner Loop construction project today. It’s as if nature can’t wait for the filling in of the Inner Loop to complete before reclaiming the land…
The dirt is filling in the holes Rochester created for itself in 1947 when it decided to build a giant concrete race track around the center of the city, no matter who was uprooted in the process. The future was booming and the city fathers at the time felt they needed to prepare for the mega-city Rochester would become by bowing down to the power of the mighty automobile . Much like the fabled streetcar destruction in Los Angeles in the 1930’s to 1950’s the Inner Loop confirmed Rochester’s commitment to the car over the subway.
Here’s an aerial view from the film, Rochester: A City of Quality (1963).
Cut to today, where they are filling in the Inner Loop in a bold initiative to free the land from a useless strip of road. Perhaps Rochester is proving Mark Twain wrong when he said, “Buy land, they are not making it anymore.”
I took a quick bike ride down into the Inner Loop today to see what I could see.
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there won’t be much in the way of nature reclamation, according to what i hear… instead of a cement road it’s gonna be buildings & houses.