Rochester Graffiti Travels Subway Remains
Ah, Rochester. You’re the only city in the the nation to have had a subway system and entirely dismantled it; even our neighbor Buffalo has one single line running along Main Street. After the completion of the Erie Canal in the 1820s, Rochester became the first boom town in the United States. Eventually, however, part of the canal was drained to reroute around the city, and in 1919, a subway was built in that stretch of its bed, including the aqueduct section that travels over the mighty Genesee River.
By the 1960s, the subway was shut down in favor of the much contested roadways being built to support sprawl. Just like the canal before it, the tracks were replaced with part of the 490 expressway. Cities wise enough not to have done away with their train commute know that subways are graffiti hotbeds. Rochester may no longer have an intra-city train transportation system, but its route is still the most traced commute in the city, and where there is an abundance of eyes, there is sure to be graffiti. One can trace the old lines through the trail of street art.
photos: The Lobby