Plus ça change …


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.

3 Responses to Plus ça change …

  1. mariemcc says:

    Yes, this is much more charming than a mall with a huge, hot, blacktopped parking lot. Sometimes the old ways are best.

  2. Kate says:

    This town centre looks very inviting, despite the fact that it is artifically created. It would be fun to see old photos of the former environment. B & N is everywhere!!

  3. Denton says:

    Hurray for mixed-use development. We moved downtown to a the town center one year ago and it has been the best move of our life. We highly recommend the housing approach.

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