Friday, November 20, 2009
The photographer is looking east. The Martz building is at the upper left. What would become the Alltel building is under construction in the center. A parking lot is to the immediate right. There's a parking garage there now. The building with the peaked roof is City Hall. East Market Street is that broad avenue nearly in the center of the photo.
Below is a later photo, from the same collection.
I visit downtown Wilkes-Barre on a fairly regular basis, and it's interesting to see how it's changed over the years.
I can't say I'm a fan of the newer architecture here. The hotel, Martz, Alltel, Wilkes-Barre Center and the Bicentennial Building are just a bunch of nondescript boxes. Luckily, there are still some old gems in the neighborhood.
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