Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills

Paterson, NJ

When I visited Paterson in the Summer of 2010, it was a fairly rugged place, with large pockets of poverty amidst the abandoned and repurposed infrastructure. Headed up the hill from the city to Hinchliffe Stadium, I crossed the river downstream of the Great Falls over the West Broadway Bridge (1897).

Walking uphill on Ryle Avenue, I passed the abandoned facilities of the Addy Mills and Columbia Textile Mills, both EPA brownfields sites. I also passed signs advertising The Vistas, a condo development on the bluffs above the river downstream of the falls that appears to have been derailed either by the Great Recession or the crappy neighborhood.

Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Passaic River downstream of the falls
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Passaic River downstream of the falls
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - West Broadway Bridge - west side
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West Broadway Bridge - west side
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - West Broadway Bridge - west side
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West Broadway Bridge - west side
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - West Broadway Bridge - deck looking northwest
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West Broadway Bridge - deck looking northwest
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Concrete-Metal Bridge, Designed and Built by Keepers & Thacher
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Concrete-Metal Bridge, Designed and Built by Keepers & Thacher
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - West Street Bridge plaque
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West Street Bridge plaque
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - 2007 rehabilitaion plaque
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2007 rehabilitaion plaque
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - West Street Bridge plaque
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West Street Bridge plaque
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - West Broadway Bridge - deck looking southeast
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West Broadway Bridge - deck looking southeast
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Private truss bridge West of the West Broadway Bridge
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Private truss bridge West of the West Broadway Bridge
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Private truss bridge
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Private truss bridge
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Riverview Towers
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Riverview Towers
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Ryle Avenue headed uphill to the west
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Ryle Avenue headed uphill to the west
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Ryle Avenue
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Ryle Avenue
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Columbia Textile Mills - Ryle Avenue
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Columbia Textile Mills - Ryle Avenue
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Columbia Textile Mills - Ryle Avenue
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Columbia Textile Mills - Ryle Avenue
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Columbia Textile Mills - Ryle Avenue
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Columbia Textile Mills - Ryle Avenue
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Former site of Addy Mills
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Former site of Addy Mills
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Hillside houses on Totowa Avenue
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Hillside houses on Totowa Avenue
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Hillside houses on Totowa Avenue
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Hillside houses on Totowa Avenue
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Iglesia Universal - 86 Marion St
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Iglesia Universal - 86 Marion St
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Kearney Street
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Kearney Street
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - PWC subsurface access
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PWC subsurface access
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - The Vistas - advertisement
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The Vistas - advertisement
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Warehouse - 468 Totawa Ave
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Warehouse - 468 Totawa Ave
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Electronic Transformer Corp.
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Electronic Transformer Corp.
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - School 5 bas relief
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School 5 bas relief
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - School 5 - Totawa Ave entrance
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School 5 - Totawa Ave entrance
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - School 5 trim
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School 5 trim
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - Sunshine trim over doorway
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Sunshine trim over doorway
Downtown Paterson and Abandoned Mills - School 5 sign
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School 5 sign

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