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Monday, May 20, 2013

Flashback Monday: The Birth of Our Favorite Stucco Shopping Center

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Set the controls on the Earth-Toned Wayback Machine to sometime in the late 1970s, where we can be witness to construction of the v. v. exciting Tall Oaks Stucco Wasteland Shopping Center. Much like today, the parking lot is virtually empty, albeit a little bit dustier.

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Even though the signature white stucco hasn't even been applied to the buildings in these pictures, you can almost taste the optimism, a future full of rad music festivals and full parking lots. It would be nearly three decades before the Giant would leave, only to be replaced by a couple of international stores with sexist bread and excellent spokespeople and then… well, not much.

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The funky '70s "Tall Oaks" sign is still there, although its original DRB-friendly Goldenrod Sunshine color choice is now something in a murkier Russet Brown, the end.

1 comment:

  1. Walmart needs to buy Chipotle and right-size the resulting venture for Reston clusters. The decor should allow for self-expression via detachable plastic panels inside the store, mauve and russet brown, of course. Call it The Outpost.

    A combination LA Boxing / Zumba joint to burn off the calories.

    A pool / dance hall in the plaza and you have a winner.

    Throw in a bollard or two, along with some hanging gardens landscaping and a bike rack, and Tall Oaks may well become a Reston social epicenter of harmonious commercial success.


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