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Knoxville, TN

#1 Aug 17, 2012
its sad they are more people on main street in the 50's than they are now and more businesses too

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Aug 17, 2012
I think we're doing a lot better than we were 5 years ago. Takes time to progress. Main street is looking very pretty, regardless of whether you like Ken or not he has made a lot of beautiful upgrades possible. The truth is, no matter what kind of business comes in it's hard to beat the prices of big-box stores so people will continue to go there (I understand because i have to shop cheap too). We now have Christine's clothing and Factory Connection; two new clothing stores that we didn't have a year ago. I hear a lot of people asking about something for teens to do that's safe. I could be wrong but I remember some time ago there was a basement club called The Rock, it was at the end of one of the main street buildings. I was thinking it was sort of an "underground christian club" but I'm guessing no one went to it enough to keep it up. I would love to see a laser tag and arcade come into town maybe in that old squirrels furniture store (if it's empty?) or maybe in the old bowling alley?

Charlottesville, VA

#3 Aug 17, 2012
Plus, there's a lot more things to do at home now than there was in the 50s. Kids have a lot more after school activities and then when they do come home they have video games, flat screen tv, heat pumps, dvd and surround sound, computers, cell phones, internet. Kids don't really have a desire to leave the house anymore and adults can't afford to after the AEP hike and grocery and gas bills.

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Aug 18, 2012
Back in the 50s, we didn't have the interstate and not many of us even had cars. Bristol was like going to New York City for us kids. But the interstate came, mamas went to work, and the stores everywhere moved off of Main Street to "shopping centers". I remember when Kroger and Piggly were downtown. Piggly moved to where Autozone is, Kroger moved to the Tractor Supply mall (back when it was Grants). The little shops followed. Nowadays, between Walmart, exit 7, and the Internet, there just isnt much you can't find. I'm glad we have the stores downtown that we do, but would love to see more.

Since: Apr 12

Marion, Va

#5 Aug 18, 2012
Downtown was busier in the 50s because almost all of the retail businesses were on Main Street and either in the picture or within a block of two of Main Street. Kroger was in the McNeil Furniture building and Piggly Wiggly was just up from it on the opposite side of the street. The GM, Ford, Plymouth and Studebaker dealerships were downtown on or near Main Street and the Dodge Dealership was just off Main on Broad Street. People could shop in almost all of the retail stores with just a short walk and then ride Sprinkle's buses home or around a dime.

You should also remember that before interstates and better roads, a lot of people shopped here from Grayson, Tazewell as well as Ashe County in NC.

I posted the picture because it reminded me of my youth when I went to the Saturday matinee and saw a cowboy movie. The movie, popcorn and a drink took my entire allowance of a quarter.

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Marion, Virginia is located in Smyth County. Zip codes in Marion, VA include 24354. The median home price in Marion is $130 which is roughly $130/per square foot. More Marion information.