The DTM in the mid to late 1990s was a different place. You walked across Market Street, which was one-way, without even looking, you hung out at Spencer’s 206, and you knew almost everyone you ran into. Waldo Jaquith captures that time here with some great photos and captions.
The crew building the York Place, in the 100 block of West Main, stopping for their lunch break. Fall of 1995?
Lee Danielson and Colin Rolph, developers of the Ice Park and Regal theater, address a very skeptical Living Education Center student body (in the building that today houses The Whiskey Jar, on Old Preston Ave. at the west end of the Downtown Mall). Ernie Reed, at right, ran the school. The fall of 1995, I think?
Spencer Lathrop, at Spencer’s 206, on East Market Street. August 1994.
Darrell Rose, drumming in front of Ujamaa Mart, at the corner of 3rd St. NE and Main.
Morgan O’kane, August 1995, in front of Chaps Ice Cream.
Advance Auto Parts had just shut down and cleared out the place. This is the corner of E. 3rd and Main, what’s now Rapture.
This was when the free parking lot was closed down, in 1995, to make way for the Ice Park. Brasa can be seen at right. I think that’s The Omni at the left.
Andrew Vaughan, manning The Java Hut. 1995.
“Why Pay More Clothing” (or “Whore Clothing,” as this shot would have it), going out of business. They were in the E. 200 block of West Main, I think immediate adjacent to what’s now Mudhouse.
The Paramount hadn’t opened again, though the marquee had been restored. You can see one of the trio of downtown kiosks behind Trevor Stewart.
Tony Labua, behind the counter at Chaps.
Shawn Bear hasn’t changed a bit. Note the newsstand in the background.
The corner of 2nd SE and Main, as viewed from the Central Place fountain. That’s the Coffee Exchange there.
A underground water pipe ruptured at the corner of 2nd SE and Water St. This would have been around 1999, I believe.
Behind Dario Gimenez is what’s now Rapture, and what was then the recently-shut-down Advance Auto Parts, at the corner of East Main and 3rd St.
Sitting in front of Woolworth’s, at 1st and Main.
Taken in front of Mudhouse, sometime in the mid-nineties. The presence of the short-lived Baskin Robbins in the background tells me it was around 1996-7. I’m pretty sure that I took this on an unseasonably warm day in February 1997. That month had three unseasonal warm spells—the 1st, the 19th–22nd, and the 27th (71°F), so it’d be one of those.
2nd St SE. July 1995.
Behind the counter at Chaps, October 1995.
The Ice Park, under construction, round about 1995.