Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A Bit of a Stretch

The 500 block of Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton is a fine patch of real estate.  It is as good as the best northeastern and central Pennsylvania has to offer.

The street is freshly paved.  A renovation project, turning old buildings into new, is wrapping up.  They look great, and the renovations didn't strip away the old time character of the block.

But (and you knew there was one coming)...

The street lights were turned on for the first time a couple weeks ago.  Officials referred to this block as the modern incarnation of Scranton's version of "The Great White Way."


While the block looks nice, it is only partially occupied.  Those business signs that made up "The Great White Way" aren't there.  It's just a string of old style street lights, and a lit up public area between a couple of the buildings.  If anything, I don't think the street lights are bright enough.

The block looks fantastic, but let's not get carried away.

I took the above photo, just before dawn, Thanksgiving morning.

I'm experimenting with adding maps to the blog.  Below is a look at downtown Scranton, where the photo was taken.

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