UNIVERSITY DISTRICT PHOTO ALBUM- Images of our neighborhood from the past 150 years: 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43

NYE 2017 at the Blue danube

New Year's Eve 2017 at the dear departed Blue Danube, 2439 N High. Seems like a world ago.

Big Bear veggie clock

In 1963, Thurber Village Shopping Center on Neil Ave at Buttles opens. Dedicated by humorist James Thurber's widow. The mall was anchored by Big Bear grocery store and this fruit and vegetable clock presided over the produce section until the early 2000s. The veggie clock eventually arrived at the Third Ave Giant Eagle Market District, near the former grounds of the Big Bear Warehouses, where it still keeps time 60 years later.

Orton Hall Geological Museum old-style dinosaurs

Old-school, tail-dragging dinosaurs inhabit a display in the Orton Hall Geological Museum. Likely from the 1979-84 museum renovation. (Ceratosaur having a meal and sauropod might be older. From the 1960s?) Beloved by generations of schoolchildren, the geological museum was established way back in 1894. It is currently undergoing another renovation and these now vintage saurians will probably be replaced with something reflecting current scholarship.

The Stube

Word comes down this week (1/25/2023) that another High St landmark might fall to developers and be replaced by yet another cheaply built, 5-story, nominally PostModern apartment block with asymetric widows and random aluminum panels on the facade, and $1,700/month one-bedrooms. The Bier Stube, 1479 N High, a true dive bar, beloved by generations of patrons, with a carefully curated CD jukebox, and a hand-painted portrait of Woody Hayes opened way back in 1966. But we're getting a Cinnabon up the street and a 4th Starbucks in the neighborhood so that's just as good, right?