02 April 2012

Freeman Ave Then & Now

Freeman Ave 1953:


Freeman Ave 2012:



In the 2012 photo you can see a white building on the right and the taller building right behind it. If you look closely you can see these two buildings in the 1953 photo also. In fact, as I was standing in the middle of the street to take the current photo, a man came up and talked with me for a few minutes. Coincidentally enough, he actually lives in the white building and is a local history buff himself.

We had a nice, nerdy conversation about Brighton/West End history and I learned, among other things, that the alley in front of the white building, Clearwater Alley, used to be "Clearwater Stream," an ironic name considering the stream was red & filthy because of dumping by adjacent pork slaughterhouses. Eventually it got too disgusting and the City filled it in.

Also visible in the distant left-of-center in both photos is the Mockbee building and its two smokestacks.

2 comments:

Cincinnati Car Dealerships said...

These are great photos Freeman Ave in Cincinnati, Ohio. It's quite interesting to see how things have changed over the years. Nice to see the vintage cars made it into the photograph as well.

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