Now that Fulton Street is open to car traffic again, thanks to Mayor Ashley Swearengin, I hope that Fresno’s downtown will boom as I remember it back in the 1930s and 40s when I was a young boy.
Maybe not like the old days, but I could still hear the cling clangs and rumble of the rail street cars as they rolled along Fulton Street and other streets in downtown Fresno with heavy car traffic as well. Everywhere you looked, you could see well-dressed men in business suits and women in high-heel shoes and dresses.
Many businesses located on Fulton Street, like Harry Coffees, Coopers, Walter Smith, Montgomery Ward, and others that I knew, no longer exist. Our beautiful courthouse and farmers market stretched from Van Ness Avenue east to M Street on the north side of Courthouse Park every Tuesday and Saturday.
I remember Harts Restaurant, Coney Island with its delicious hot dogs and best-tasting coffee in town. I want to thank Mayor Swearengin, who brought me these wonderful memories and wish her the best on her new job as CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation.
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Alex Rubalcava, Fresno