Re: "Lakewood has big dreams for Towne Center" (TNT, 2-2).
I'm sure it is too late, now, and too expensive, but how sad that the first mall in Lakewood was not built with the creek underneath it as part of the plan.
I have lived in the Lakes district since only the Visitation Villa was there. How nice to have had that lovely area planned around the natural beauty and perhaps a restaurant row along the creek.
The whole of Lakewood was open to a good plan, but no one was able to accomplish much except Norton Clapp.
There have been several reconstructions of the mall, and in my opinion, each is worse. When I was young we had a Lou Johnson, other high-end clothing stores and, of course, the Lakewood Terrace restaurant. Now, it's all fast food, youngsters' clothes and lots of traffic.