Lyell Otis
Owner State of New York Established 1834
Purpose Neighborhood
Status Partially Inhabited

Lyell-Otis is a diverse working-class neighborhood that is primarily industrial in character, particularly around Mt. Read Boulevard and Emerson Street. Its residential areas offer sturdy old housing stock with wood trim, front porches, and other features of historical character — ones that now all lie in various states of abandonment and disrepair. It was once a well-populated and nearly suburban neighborhood, but following the civil war and financial collapse, factories and industrial businesses pulled out of Rochester, and workers desperate for employment followed. The neighborhood still has some stubborn hold-outs, but they are a dwindling few.

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