DMC growth will likely mirror past growth within Rochester
Several letters have wondered how the Destination Medical Center plan will affect their lives. If I were to live long enough, it would be "deja vu all over again."
We came to Rochester in 1950. The population was more than 36,000; the Mayo Clinic consisted of the Plummer Building and the red brick building, now replaced by the Seibens. Saint Mary's Hospital consisted of the Mother Alfred building, and the downtown hospitals consisted of the Colonial Building plus an operating suite on the top floor of the Kahler Hotel.
If my memory serves me correctly, there was a combined junior/senior high school on the west end of St. John's church property. The only higher education facility was the Rochester Community College. We had an art center, but the Rochester Civic Theater was an old commercial garage with folding chairs.
During the time of my residence here, the population has tripled, and all the added educational, cultural and medical facilities have provided jobs and enhanced the quality of life for everyone, which is probably exactly what will happen with DMC. This will be a very exciting future for all Rochesterians.
Jane M. Scanlon