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Main Street by Ellerd on 31 May 2008 6:10am
What's the central business district or downtown precinct of your home town like? Do you have a vibrant main street, full of interesting shops and interested shoppers? Or have businesses forsaken the main street in favour of suburban shopping malls?
Re: Main Street by HelenBachari on 31 May 2008 6:14am
We have a small 'main street' optimistically called Broadway. Our town is too small for a mall. There's a supermarket, a couple of hairdressers, a pharmacy, clothing shop, bakery, a couple of fish and chip shops, pub, electrical goods shops, Real Estate Agents etc. On a clear day, we can see Mt Ruapehu in the distance.
Re: Main Street by mrsthing on 31 May 2008 8:39pm
We have a large town green (or common--a big rectangle of grass, trees, criss-crossing sidewalks, and a couple of monuments) surrounded by streets. Shops, churches, and the town library face the green on all four sides. We have upscale and eclectic shops, very old churches, a brand new library building, a couple of coffee shops, plus the old town hardware store (it still has wooden floors!), the old town grocery store (ditto on the floors, but they have sushi and all sorts of gourmet delights), a liquor store, a dry cleaner, and the Christian Science reading room. I absolutely love it! We have a separate section of town a few blocks away for more conventional stuff like fast food, gas stations, Wal*Mart, Blockbusters, a big box grocery store, an office building, and the quickie oil change place. But there are a few cute/eclectic shops mixed in, too.

Here's a link to a nice aerial shot:

Re: Main Street by suzulu on 31 May 2008 10:42pm
It looks like a very pleasant place to live, Judy.
Re: Main Street by TERRY S on 31 May 2008 11:09pm
The ones in both Sheffield and Leeds are really good. However, people in Sheffield where I come from, prefer to go to Meadowhall out-of-town centre. And in the little village in Garforth (where I live now), there is a really nice main street. However, it's never that busy, because most people go into Leeds.
Re: Main Street by Ellerd on 1 June 2008 4:38am
That is nice, Mrsthing!

Our main street is a pretty quiet place. Most of the main shops have gone to our only shopping mall, where the parking is easier. The shopping mall itself is owned by the Stockland corporation - full of the chain stores you find in every other Stockland centre. Boring! The main street itself is pretty much occupied by offices and banks with a few shops and restaurants in between. Mind you, it's an improvement from five years ago, when the CBD was really struggling...
Re: Main Street by geordiegirl on 1 June 2008 11:14am
Interesting thread - all sound good, specially yours, Judy! Swop houses? :)

London suburbs don't really have a Main Street as such, being all interc-onnected, but the social-engineering which produced my London Borough 40 years ago (joining together three previously seperate London boroughs) means lots of areas can be called 'Main Street' - which isn't bad, really, lots of 'centres' to go to for shops, cinemas, etc.

Our main shopping street is nicely ethnically flavoured, with very many Turkish and Greek and Cypriot owned shops. I love this.
Re: Main Street by Ken Dunn on 1 June 2008 11:29am
We have a small town shopping centre with a big ASDA opening within 1/2 mile of that soon.
Re: Main Street by tucsonmike on 1 June 2008 1:40pm
We have no one Central Business District. There are some specialty areas, like Fort Lowell Road, for furniture stores. One stretch of Tanque Verde Road has theme restaurants and honky tonks.
Re: Main Street by geordiegirl on 2 June 2008 5:03pm
Question no 9,765, Mike: What are honkytonks?
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