Views from a Bicycle

017 A correction from an earlier post–I was a block off from the actual site of the Jewish Temple that burned in 1974–here’s where it actually was, on the south east corner of the intersection of 10th and Pennsylvania. The lot has been empty for 35 years.

Again, the pink skies are due to my dying camera and aren’t due to any sort of radioactivity.

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Thirty years after the Temple fire, another one claimed the apartment building across the street to the north.

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.In the late 80s/early 90s, a trend I’ve simply not understood–replacing derelict shells of buildings with new structures that look like, um, derelict shells of buildings.  This on 11th St.

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….and to close things off, I remember talking to Penny at my old job, and she said that she used to go to a roller skating rink downtown somewhere, and in riding around, I actually found it.  Just south of the old Temple site and across Pennsylvania, here it is, dating from the 30s.  The tip-off?  The great word ROLLER showing through on the painted-over sign. It was a restaurant for a while, but now, like much in the area, it is vacant.

Coming up this weekend:  A post on a mysterious German organization that had various headquarters scattered around the city, a Where Are They Now post, and, maybe, something that won’t involve me sweating my way via bike across town to write. The weather hasn’t been kind to travelers not sitting in air-conditioned comfort.

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~ by dblomenb on June 27, 2009.

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