They say that besides death and taxes, the only constant in life is change. Well, Rochester sure is living up to that these days. Check out just how much different this downtown Rochester street corner looks today compared to just 18 months ago.

The corner I'm talking about us at the junction of 4th Street and 2nd Avenue Southwest. It's the same corner where the Quick Country 96.5 studios are located, high atop the Townsquare Media Communications Complex.

The One Discovery Square Building today along 2nd Ave and 4th St. Southwest
The One Discovery Square Building today along 2nd Ave and 4th St. Southwest

So, naturally, that gives me a pretty good view of how this corner has changed in the last year and a half.The top image is from Google Street View, and its time and date stamp notes that it was taken in September of 2017.

The bottom picture is one I took earlier just last week, here in late April of 2019. So, if I've done my math correctly, that's only 18 months (maybe 19, depending on when in September it was taken), and yet there are some pretty big changes.

What used to be a tree-lined Mayo Clinic employee parking lot is now home to the new state-of-the-art One Discovery Square building, part of the DMC initiative. It's nearly completed, with its official opening slated for sometime later this summer.

Meanwhile, the landscape at this corner is set to change yet again in the near future, as the city of Rochester puts the finishing touches of the reconstruction of 4th Street. (It was supposed to be done last fall, but all our rainy weather then forced a delay until later this spring.) New landscaping, bike lanes and more are all slated to be installed, making the corner look different once again.

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