City of Roses Motel Salute

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Last week the City of Roses Motel sign was unceremoniously removed from the site where it spent years in a state of slow decay. Nothing of the motel remained except the sign and as time passed the letters fell off one by one. Here’s how the sign looked in 2010. I know little about the hey day of the City of Roses Motel,  which was located on Interstate Ave near the Kenton/Denver Ave. Max stop, but here’s a found image.

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With some ambivalence my wife and I are watching new life being breathed into what has been an empty lot for a long time. The mixed emotions have something to do with living in close proximity to what has turned out to be a bigger than expected apartment complex.

See a brief description and drawing of the new Kenton Apartments on the old City of Roses Motel site.

Link here:

http://www.johnrcg.com/projects/kenton-apartments/

Residents of Kenton may have noticed that the remnants of the old Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant sign on Lombard Street were also removed recently making way for a construction project to go in that spot.

I can’t resist posting one more photo of one of the other motel signs on Interstate.

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