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Lunch and Learn: “When Downtown Became a Problem” with Professor Alan Lessoff

Date & Time
Thursday, April 13, 2017
12:10 pm - 12:40 pm
200 North Main, Bloomington, IL, 61701
“When Downtown Became a Problem”, presented by ISU Professor Alan Lessoff

Once the city’s physical as well as retail and business heart, downtown Bloomington first came to seem seriously threatened by outlying shopping centers and office developments in the late 1950s. Drawing upon an ongoing exhibition project with the McLean County Museum, this talk reviews the first three decades of redevelopment plans for downtown, when the hope remained that the central district could recapture retail and business from the periphery through massive reconstruction and modernization.