West Main Street and Nearby, Peoria

West Main Street shoots up the bluffs from downtown Peoria towards Bradley University, and there is a line of college-related businesses and other amenities.

It is sort of a strange mix of buildings, such as the one below, which clearly had a gently curving pediment at one point that has been simplified, most likely due to the ravages of the weather.

And I love these two Italianate houses below, converted into storefronts.

Then to the north, is an interesting residential neighborhood. There is a mix of houses, ranging from absolutely decrepit and abandoned to meticulously restored and in mint condition. It is typical of Peoria where contrasts sit right next to each other in an uneasy balance.

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