This is the Main St. in Reading, PA my home town. Taken as a Snapshot from my Dash Cam that I bought a few weeks ago. Here I will provide some more information on what this shows.
I have lived here, but on the outskirts, of the City most all my Life. I was born not far from here in the Reading Hospital in March 1947.
Much of what you see here was not the City years ago. It has changed much over the years that I remember. The City was much better back then. Starting with looking at the right side of the Image, most of the orginal stores are gone. The City used to be just full of all kinds of different merchants that people would shop in. Furniture stores, shoes, clothing shops, etc. are not here anymore. Other business has taken their place. The tall building on the right used to be a popular shopping place called Pomroyes. I remember well my Mother taking me into Pomroyes many times in it’s past. Over the years, it lost business and was not profitiable any longer. It was torn down and the Wells Fargo building took it’s place.
There was no divider in the Center of the street. Us teenagers used to Cruise Main St. on a Friday & Saturday night hoping to meet some new Ladies that were doing the same thing as us boys. Called “Crusin’ back then, that’s long gone now. No one does it anymore. There used to be Trolley’s that ran up & down the Main St., but the last one ran in 1951. The tracks are now torn up or paved over.
The Tall Building on the left was not there, either. Before there were other small business’s there, but they are gone. On the right again, the Woolworth Store is gone also. It was a popular eating place. It was well known for it’s “Soda Fountain” that many Woolworth Stores had thru the Country. The “Crystal Restraunt” was another nice place to eat. Well known for it’s good food, Mom would take me in there for lunch. I had to eat all of what she ordered or I could not “go to the Toy Box” to pick out a Toy! I did, even though I hated peas! That too, is long gone. In the 70’s, it caught fire and burned to the ground. It never did return.
There is so much of the City that has changed that I can’t mention it all. Now, the City is not known for what it was. It’s full of drugs & crime in certain area’s. I avoid the City when-ever possible. Only go in there if I have to. I’m truly sorry to see my City get like it is.
Thanks for stopping by.