Sixth Street Marketplace, Richmond
Fondest memory: Built in 1985, Sixth Street Marketplace was an enclosed 3-level shopping centre spanning 3 city blocks. There were several kiosks and shops including a food court. Connects the Carpenter Centre, the Richmond Marriott and the Richmond Centre. It straddled Broad Street and was linked by a pedestrian bridge. Sixth Street Marketplace did what it set out to do in its first few years of existence. However, when Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimer's department stores closed in the early 1990s, the aforementioned bridge became a bridge to nowhere. Sixth Street Marketplace failed to lure shoppers back into downtown from the suburban shopping malls. (At the time the two downtown department stores closed, yet another suburban mall- Virginia Center Commons- opened.) Ultimately, developers razed Sixth Street Marketplace in 2003 including the "bridge to nowhere" which some citizens wanted to keep as a symbolic gesture.