Commercial Development: Towns Before and After Wal-Mart

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Jul. 2, 2012 12:00 am   3 min read

The acreage required for a Wal-Mart store was one of several factors that helped move commercial development from downtown to the edge of town. Shopping malls and the post-WWII car culture also played their roles.

As recently as 50 years ago, downtown was still America's commercial center. A variety of factors moved the center to orbital suburbia. One of those factors was Wal-Mart.

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