Commercial Development: Towns Before and After Wal-Mart by Luke Jones Posted 7/2/2012 12:00 am Updated 6 years ago 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. Want the Full Article? Get Unlimited Archive Access for $19.95 per Year Readers must pay to access articles older than 15 days. Articles newer than 15 days are not included in this offer. Purchase Now Already have archive access? Login to view this article.