Primer Topic #1 - Downtown Pedestrian Malls
A friend of mine sent me this photo last night. Like him, I find these old photos fascinating. In response to declining business in downtown many cities across the country attempted to recapture lost market share by closing off a select retail corridor to automobile traffic. Winston-Salem chose Trade Street. The two photos below show the day that the street was closed in 1970 to begin construction followed by the completed project in 1971.
|1970 Photo - Construction Begins|
Courtesy of Digital Forsyth at http://www.digitalforsyth.org/photos/browse/places-streets-trade-street-north/page/3
|After Construction is completed in 1971|
Courtesy of Digital Forsyth at http://www.digitalforsyth.org/photos/6831
Some links that talk about this as a national phenomena:
Photo of Trade Street as it appears now in 2011.
|Trade Street in 2011|