Then and Now, Belmont-Parkside

1972–Belmont Avenue @ Parkside Avenue, view west

2017–the same location

It’s 1972 in the heart of the Belmont-Central shopping district.  Electric trolley buses run on Belmont, and the Will Rogers Theater is showing Nicholas and Alexandra.  Across the street from the theater, the Goldblatt’s Department Store has been expanded.  The cars are big, bad, and loaded with chrome.

Forty-five years later, diesel buses have succeeded electric buses.  The Will Rogers has been replaced by a strip mall, and the onetime Goldblatt’s store has been converted into Tony’s Fresh Market.  You make your own call on the cars!



2 Responses to “Then and Now, Belmont-Parkside”

  1. 1 Melvin June 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Switching between photos in browser tabs, it’s uncanny how closely you lined these up.

    • 2 J.R. Schmidt June 7, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      That’s the great advantage of digital cameras—you can take a dozen different shots, and erase the ones that don’t work.

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