Changing the face of downtown

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Posted: May 20, 2013

The Winchester Star

John Lewis (from left), Betsy Helm, Irvin Shendow, Julius Armel and Lewis Ebert were some of the members of the Downtown Development Commission that laid the groundwork for the mall. The group’s unenviable task in 1971: to figure out a way to prevent the expected decay that would occur when major stores left downtown for the enclosed mall that inevitably would come to Winchester. Their response was the creation of the Loudoun Street Mall, which was completed in 1974. They are pictured here on the newly renovated mall in 2013. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)


When Irvin Shendow walked into his first Downtown Development Commission (DDC) meeting in late 1971, he didn’t know he’d wind up playing a key role in forever changing the face of…

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