Traveling Through Time and Space, I return to the happier days of the late 1980's, when I worked in the small upstate New York city of Endicott, New York.
I worked in this building for almost nine years, and I still return to this building at least twice a year because my dentist works in it.
I have many memories of a village where so many streets are named after Presidents. Washington. Jefferson. Madison. Monroe. Lincoln. Cleveland. Roosevelt.
This building is only a couple of blocks away from Washington Avenue, which once was the main shopping street of Endicott. Just blocks away from IBM, which had a major facility nearby, Washington Avenue was full of prosperous businesses. I didn't take pictures of the bustling Washington Avenue, because I didn't know, back then, that the prosperity of Endicott would, one day, be only a memory.
There was the downsizing of IBM, a company which actually started down the road in Binghamton as a manufacturer of time clocks and other time keeping devices.
There was the death by mall of downtown shopping. Endicott's Washington Avenue was one of many casualties. In my memories, I can still walk down the Washington Avenue of, say, 1987, in my mind. Very few businesses of that time remain.
But, worst of all, was the Plume,. "Tons of industrial solvents used to clean computer parts were dumped down drains or leached from leaky pipes into the ground for years before environmental rules required that such "spills" be reported.." These solvents were used from the 1930's to the mid 1980's. The case was finally settled in 2015.
Now, Endicott struggles to return to its once prosperous days.
|The North Brewery, Washington Avenue|
There are new businesses and some new hope. For example, where a bakery flourished for many years (and went out of business many years ago) there is now a brewery.
That's how you Endicott nowadays.
But my memories of the 90's still remain.
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