Did I mention I am afraid of heights? Tabula Rasa knows this, yet he didn’t voice any surprise when I said that I wanted to end the day by climbing the 14 story Sheradon hotel for the view. I avoid rooftops like nobody’s business, but I wanted photos of Gary from above so I was going to have suck it up and deal.
I’m also horribly out of shape, where TR isn’t. The climb had me huffing and puffing and I was saying (the whole way up) “I’m not gonna make it!” but I did. Once there I had to quell the panic about being on a rooftop, much less one 14 stories up.
I managed to get a pretty decent shot Gary City Hall though.
Looking south down Broadway, this town has seen better days. This was around 5 in the afternoon on a Saturday, just look at all that traffic! No really, that is a lot of traffic!
One of the little treats of this climb was getting to see from on high something that has always given me a little laugh. You see, when the old post office was falling into disrepair they built a new one, right next door to the old one. In the grand tradition of Gary the old post office was boarded up and forgotten about. But there it is, right next its replacement.
Looking north you have the courthouse with Gary Steel Works and the expressway.
Of course, right next door to the Sheraton we have the Genesis Convention Center.
In the distance you can see the Knights of Columbus building, and even further away is the Ambassador Arms and way off in the haze is St. Mary Mercy hospital (look right behind the KoC building).
This is the city we have spend the last few years poking around in. It is nearly a ghost town at this point and should US Steel ever shutter their operation here it will die completely. It is still a beautiful town in many ways and there are some nice neighborhoods here and there. The people of Gary have always been kind to us and we’ve never had any problems, even the one homeless person we’ve met was a nice guy.
Gary Indiana will always have a special place in my shriveled little curmudgeonly heart. It has given me a lot of great memories, and a host of great images.