Monday, November 2, 2009

On the Other Side of the Tracks

For class on Thursday, we were supposed to fill out a form that listed the street numbers and businesses and then compare it to the lists that we had from 1925, 1975, and 2000. One thing that I noticed a lot of was "not listed" buildings. When going through the directories for the previous years, there were several buildings that weren't listed. It didn't say that they were vacant, but didn't have anyting for them at all. I think that at least for some of them, the buildings were knocked down to make way for the streets, but there were some that wouldn't be listed in 1975 but were listed in 2000 and 2009.

Where a building used to be now runs a road.

Another pattern that I noticed was buildings having the same business located in them for a long period of time. Some examples are The Economy Store/Lion's Crown Antiques, Southern Railway Company, Kindley's Used Office Furniture, and Coe Grocery and Seed Company. I think that these businesses have survived for so long because they appealed to the needs of the community throughout time. The railroad company has stayed because the railroad is still used and somewhat popular in Greensboro. Other stores like Coe Grocery and Kindley's Used Office Furniture may have carried popular or necessary products which allowed them to survive.

Another pattern that I saw was the presence of several antique stores. There is Lion's Crown Antiques, Hampton Antiques, The Browsery Antiques, Jules Antiques and Art, Ryan's Antiques, and Mary's Antiques, to name a few. This suggests that it is a popular business in Greensboro and that there is a need for several stores.

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