I place the image at 1975-76 because of the two towers that have been built (to the left of the Industrial Trust), the lack of the Fleet building (1985) and the presence of the railroad tracks behind Union Station, removed in the late 70s. If anyone knows when the college of nursing was demolished, that could help date this photo as well.
This photo makes me remember the vast wasteland that existed between the State House and Downtown. That large swathe of parking lot and railroad tracks really makes the City look like a down-and-out post-industrial town.
I happened to be in the office of Darrow Everett, LLP, closing on some refinance paperwork. They sat me in a conference room to wait, and on the floor, leaning up against the wall was this large photograph. Really large, probably 24" by 36". The more I looked at it, the more I realized that this particular snapshot in time was not one that I had seen before. I started to try to narrow down when the photo was taken based on the buildings that were still standing, and which ones had not yet been built. Before I got lost in the details, I snapped some photos with my phone to come back and piece it all together later.
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