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Madison Street's better daysPosted Friday, November 30, 2007, at 9:07 AM
Here's the old K-Mart/Kroger shopping center from 1986. Remember when the lot was filled with cars? (T-G file photo)
It wasn't so long ago. Now that center stands mostly empty. If I'm not mistaken, only one business there is still in operation.
Remember when Wal-Mart was out Madison Street? Coltharp Oldsmobile? Going back a few years, Ray's Drive-In? The Golden Spur? (I think that was the name, where the Tony Rice Center has been in later years. I remember eaeting there once as a small child.)
You can still go to church, school, work in a factory, get help for mental problems, visit a convienience store for life's most basic needs and be buried on the east side of town. And there's definitely no shortage of bank branches.
For pretty much everything else, if you live in far eastern Shelbyville and need it you drive several miles or head for Tullahoma.
People still work and live on the east side of town, and, for that matter, in rural areas of eastern Bedford County. They shouldn't be neglected, and, yes, I realize businesses depending on impulse buys have to go where the heaviest traffic rolls.
Hopefully a few housing developments -- meaning potential customers -- will locate in eastern Shelbyville and drive some business development.
A special section published in the T-G in 1962 -- with multiple copies remaining in the T-G's sections file until just a few years ago -- proclaimed, "Booming Madison Street!"
How times change.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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