Feb 12 2012

Downtown America, Part 1

Published by at 9:41 pm under Reflection Blog,Uncategorized

This first section of Downtown America by Alison Isenberg, explores the rise and fall of “Downtown America”. The ‘Downtown Ideal’ was loved and venerated when it first emerged as an American hotspot. What I found most interesting was the links Isenberg made between women and the rise of Downtowns. Women were the ones who made the streets more beautiful, women were the primary shoppers, and when women left downtown, it could no longer survive. Once again, however, it is all about convenience; when downtowns were no longer as convenient as something else, the women shopped at the suburban malls.

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