Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Town & Country Shopping Center

Some people call this shopping center dated and worn out however, it does offer some stores that have a consistent draw. Stores like Trader Joes, Bookstar, and Linen ‘N Things are busy especially on weekends and the Farmer’s Market on Wednesday mornings draws crowds. I think the sad thing about this center is that it has such an old fashioned pedestrian look that hasn’t been used to its best advantage. It would be a great place for sidewalk cafes and art galleries. There are rumors that the owners are currently looking at some redevelopment plans that might include replacing the whole structure with a high-rise building that would match others along the busy Camelback Corridor. I’m not opposed to high-rises (when they are done right) but, I would miss the tile roofs, fountains, and brick walkways of this quaint place.

7 comments:

Mo said...

Maybe a wee revamp to encourage people back rather than replacing with a high rise is an option.

Irina said...

Oh, that's a beautiful place to spend some time on a weekend. It will be such a pity if they decide to redesign the area!

JM said...

Well, to be quite honest, the place looks great to me...

Randy said...

OMG I really hope that they don't go through with a high rise plan. I love Town and Country. I remember going there when AMC had a theatre there. I also loved the Marble Slab and Juttenhoops. Its not like Phoenix needs another high rise.

Hilda said...

Gosh, I also like it the way it is. I agree with Mo, just a revamp and renovation would do.

Susie of Arabia said...

Big highrises just don't have the charm that this place has. I vote leave it the way it is. And I think you're right - it would be a great place for some outdoor cafes.

Thérèse said...

I am glad this one was saved... hard to tell in advance if one is going to last or not...
The trees are welcome for the shade.