18 March 2010

Colfax in Four Parts - 3


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Through the first half of the 20th Century, interstate highway developments siphoned huge amounts of traffic away from Colfax, and the overwhelming majority of its prestige and success vanished. Upscale shops were replaced by strip clubs, etc etc. In fact, reportedly the mentally ill were known to widely roam the street, as nearby housing had been provided for discharged psych ward patients. These sorts of colorful, almost comic book-style images were what shaped my childhood perception of Colfax, here captured absolutely perfectly by Andrew Leonard on bass clarinet.

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