Plus ça change …

August 3, 2006

Once upon a time, there were town centers with high streets full of shops and restaurants and people living in the flats above them, sometimes the shopkeepers and resturant owners, and sometimes not. Then there were strip malls and sprawling suburban shopping malls, and now there are town centers again. They are artifically created and known as “mixed-use development” in town planning parlance. This one, Market Common, in the Clarendon area of Arlington, Va., is very pleasant and a huge improvement on the dreary expanse of parking lots that used to occupy the area.