The Raymond House hotel anchored the northwest corner of SW 3rd and Ankeny, while street level shops catered to their workingman customers in 1928. A portion of one of the “Great Light Way” arches is seen arcing over the intersection.
This 1933 photo is the “after” to yesterday’s “before” photo. It looks west on West Burnside at 3rd Avenue after the Burnside widening project. It’s definitely more open and looks a little less “frontier town” to me.