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Not In Farming Territory, But Important to Farmers

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I didn’t grow up on a farm, but I lived in a town in east central Illinois that was surrounded by agriculture territory.

The local radio stations around noon would broadcast the latest commodity prices from the Chicago Board of Trade that affected farmers.

The CBOT is located in downtown Chicago far from any farm field or animal feed lot.

Traders going to work there see an urban canyon, not the pastoral countryside often associated with farming.

Likewise, I imagine that many farmers have never been to, let alone seen in person, the CBOT building, which soars 605 feet skyward at 141 West Jackson Boulevard at the foot of La Salle Street.

Between 1930 and 1965 it was Chicago’s tallest building and still among its most distinct.

I imagine that over the years many decisions were made in this building that affected the welfare of many farmers even if they have never been here.

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Its Taken a Beating

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During a trip to New Orleans several years ago I noticed that the street signs on Bourbon Street in French Quarter are placed rather high up their poles.

Bourbon Street is in the heart of the French Quarter and I would guess that the signs are frequently stolen.

I would also image that just about any street sign in the French Quarter is subject to theft and/or damage from inebriated folks climbing the poles in search of a souvenir or just acting silly.

Such appears to have happened to this street sign and lamp at the corner of Royal and St. Ann. The street signs are intact, but the lamp has taken a beating.

2 Perspectives of Cleveland

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The skyline of Cleveland like that of any city can be captured in any number of locations that show a wide range of perspectives of the city.

The top image was made from an overlook in Edgewater Park west of downtown. It was late afternoon.

The overlook sits on a bluff providing an expansive view of Lake Erie.

The bottom photograph shows a more gritty side of the city. It was made from the Flats. Traditionally an industrial area, the Flats has been transformed into a touristy section of town with bars and restaurants.

Yet some traces of the industrial heritage remain and have been repurposed into other uses.

Written by csanders429

March 16, 2018 at 5:50 am

Climbing on Cleveland

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In advance of the 2016 Republican National Convention held in Cleveland the civic group Destination Cleveland had three script Cleveland signs made and placed at high-traffic locations in town.

They were originally created to provide photo backdrops for visitors that would, presumably, be spread far and wide on social media.

The signs have also proven to be wildly popular with Cleveland region residents who have used them for photographs for all manner of occasions, including weddings and individual and group portraits.

The number of script Cleveland signs has grown to five with one of them being positioned in the baggage claim area of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Other signs are located at the North Coast Harbor adjacent to the East 9th St. Pier and behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1001 E. 9th St.); the Tremont Abbey Avenue Overlook (1430 Abbey Ave.); at Edgewater Park; and at Euclid Beach Park.

In the image above, a small boy climbs on the sign in Edgewater Park with the city’s downtown skyline towering in the background along with Lake Erie.

Golden Reflection

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A building going on overlooking Baltimore’s Inner Harbor had gold siding that casts a golden glow in the waters by the Baltimore World Trade Center. The latter is partly visible at right. I don’t know what the building is that is under construction but I would guess that it will be a hotel, condominiums or apartments.

Although the skies were most sunny when we arrived in Baltimore, a massive bank of clouds would roll in before we left. The area in the foreground is cordoned off to encourage the development of aquatic life.

Hot Dogs on Track

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I was sorting through my collection of photographs from New Orleans when I ran across this image, which I had forgotten that I had made.

It’s time to call it a day for this hot dog vendor. He is rolling his cart down the streetcar tracks on Canal Street as a couple of guys waiting for a streetcar watch.

The tracks are laid in the street and many pedestrians use the streetcar right of way as a walking path.

But on second though I wonder if this vendor isn’t merely rolling his cart to another location where he hopes to get even more lucky and sell a few more dogs.

Flying the Stars and Stripes in Baltimore

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A pair of American flags fly in the wind from a light post in the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Old Glory can be found in any town in America, but Baltimore is the home of Fort McHenry where a fight between American and British forces on Sept. 12-15, 1814, inspired Francis Scott Key to write a poem titled Defence of Fort McHenry. That formed the basis for the Star Spangled Banner, which is the national anthem of the United States.

Written by csanders429

December 7, 2017 at 7:51 am