A photo essay by Then & Now Art® for Wausau Pilot and Review
On a typical Saturday morning in Wausau downtown restaurants overflow with customers, with drivers circling the block to find the closest possible spot. Traffic on Scott Street and Stewart Avenue is brisk. Cars line the streets and parking lots. At The Mint Cafe, 422 N. Third St., a line forms with hungry breakfast patrons, waiting for the next available table.
In the span of a few short days, the once vibrant spaces and places of Wausau have become empty and quiet.
Busy streets, parking lots, restaurants, bars and store shelves have emptied in Wausau as COVID-19 concerns forced residents to work from home, while schools and a multitude of businesses have closed. These photos capture the eerie emptiness of our city in the days of the COVID-19 emergency.