Objects in Mirror

University Ave. described as "a brave old lady"

Posted at 9:12 AM on June 3, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

In our online discussion about University Avenue contributor Jim G. describes past and present markers, and then wishes "a brave old lady" some good luck:

"Lexington Ballpark. The right fielder had to run uphill to catch a fly ball. The left fielder had to watch a homer land on the roof of the Colliseum roller rink.

The Monkey Wards tower. Their separate auto center also contained a pet shop that had a mynah bird that we always stopped by to talk to. "Hellooo....."

The art deco buildings that still stand. The deserted car lots. The revitalized Asian community strip. Inner-city major food stores that are lacking in many metro areas. A community in transition, that doesn't seem to know what direction it wants to take.

A community whose face will probably be changed forever by a light rail system that will offer fewer stops and less frequent service than buses now provide. A community that should push for I-94 corridor light rail.

I wish you luck, Univ. Av., You are a brave old lady.

Oops - Almost forget the Prom Ballroom. Happy memories of young romance." - Jim G.

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