Monday, January 29, 2007

Barracks Road Shopping Center, Early 1960s

Witness the birth of Barracks Road Shopping Center -- a strip mall and giant sea of asphalt (did that lot ever once fill up?), heralded at the time (early 1960s) as a "progressive shopping center typical of Charlottesville's modern expansion program, offering its residents the latest in every form of shopping conveniences." It's interesting to note that the Tavern restaurant, which now boasts the famous rooftop slogan, "WHERE STUDENTS, TOURISTS AND TOWNPEOPLE MEET," had a much tamer monicker at the time, viz.: "AIR CONDITIONED."

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