The Albemarle County Historical Society has a great collection of old photos of downtown on their website, most dating from the 50s and 60s. It’s fun to try to match up the old images with modern day downtown; some are easy, but a few I haven’t managed to figure out yet. Some of the pictures document the demolition of Main Street and its subsequent replacement with the Downtown Mall. Seeing how disruptive the whole process was, it’s amazing that any businesses survived the process. There are a few familiar names on the signs, though, so it clearly worked out for some folks.