Then & Now

Paving paradise—a look back in Larchmont



..And Put up a Parking Lot

 

 Then

   

 Now

 
   

 

Paradise was paved more than half a century ago in this corner of Larchmont, as the 1940s photograph below shows. The lot, located on Myrtle Avenue, near the corner of North Chatsworth Avenue, has remained largely unchanged: it still serves as one of the main lots in the downtown area. What has changed: meters have been put in, the time limit for parking has been extended from one hour to some 24-hour permit parking meters for residents, and clunky old sedans have been replaced with modern SUVs.

 

And what happened to the buildings directly to the left and right of the lot? Torn down—to make room for the New England Thruway. Today, the large wooden wall acts as a sound barrier to the Thruway.

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