Comment 63968

By Mogadon Megalodon (anonymous) | Posted May 25, 2011 at 11:23:11 in reply to Comment 63963

Related to the "brave new world of consumer goods," there's an interesting 1960s timeline at, which includes tidbits such as

"1960 - North America's first enclosed, climate-controlled downtown shopping centre opens in London, Wellington Square, 400,000 square feet developed by Campeau, anchored by a five level Eaton's and a Woolworths. Rooftop parking provided 330 spaces. The City considers building an expressway up the environmentally-sensitive Thames Valley to better serve the downtown merchants."


"1962 - Academic literature begins to register the haemorrhaging of the downtown retail economy, which is much more serious in the United States.... Howard Green's doctoral thesis at Harvard had asked the provocative question: What functions will remain downtown? He concluded Government, and its linked functions (particularly lawyers), plus newspapers, are the only activities that really need such centrality."

There are other choice milestones in the 70s, of course, which only go to confirm the academic suspicions.

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