Transcript: Main Street Ontario: London | Jul 03, 2017

Old pictures of different parts of a city overlap on a map.

A male voice says ALL THE ACTION WAS DOWNTOWN.

A female voice says THE DOWNTOWN WAS SO ALIVE,
THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE.

Another male voice says EVERYBODY ON THE MAIN STREET
KNEW ONE ANOTHER.

Another female voice says I REMEMBER THE MERCHANTS
HOSING DOWN THEIR SIDEWALKS,
CRANKING UP THEIR AWNINGS.

A third male voice says IT WAS BUSTLING.
THE STREET HAD LIFE TO IT.

The name of the show appears on a road sign. It reads "Main Street Ontario. London."

Michael Gibson’s voice says RETAIL WAS RETAIL.
DOWNTOWN, THAT'S
WHERE PEOPLE WENT.

Old pictures of retail shops appear.

Photo cut outs pop up as each person speaks.

Andrea Halwa, a woman in her thirties with short blond hair says I REMEMBER HIDING IN THE FUR
COATS SECTION OF SIMPSONS.

Kathy Novakas, a woman in her forties with long brown hair says ROWLAND HILL SHOE STORE.
MY MOTHER ALWAYS
MADE ME BUY SADDLE SHOES
AND I'D GET TWO PAIR.
ONE THAT ALMOST FIT
AND ONE THAT WERE WAY TOO BIG
BECAUSE WE WEREN'T COMING BACK
FOR ANOTHER YEAR.

Mary Bray’s voice says IT WAS JUST BOOMING,
ALL THE BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS,
ALL THE MOVIE THEATRES.

Dana Morningstar, a woman in her forties with blond hair in a bob cut says WHEN WE WERE GOING TO WORK,
WE'D STOP AT THE BAY,
USE THE PERFUME, GET ON
THE NEXT BUS, GO TO WORK.

Kathy McLaughlin’s voice says WELL ORIGINALLY, WELLINGTON
SQUARE MALL WAS THERE.

Doug Allen’s voice says ON SATURDAYS WE'D GO
AND WALK AROUND THE MALL,
AND THAT'S WHERE YOU'D
MEET PEOPLE AND THAT WAS...
IT WAS A REAL MEETING SPOT.
UH, VERY, VERY BUSY.

A caption reads "Opened in 1960, Wellington Square was over 400,000 square feet and had rooftop parking."

A "Sold" sign appears over a picture of Wellington Square Mall.

Kathy says IT WAS PURCHASED AND
REDEVELOPED INTO AS, UH GALLERIA
AND THEY BOUGHT THE BLOCK
TO THE NORTH
OF WELLINGTON SQUARE MALL
AS WELL
AND TORE DOWN
A BUNCH OF BUILDINGS.
THEY BUILT THIS
TWO PART MALL
WITH A PEDESTRIAN
WALKWAY OVERHEAD.

Jonathan Snell’s voice says A LOT OF THE DOWNTOWN
OUTSIDE STORES
MIGRATED INTO
THE GALLERIA.
SO, IT BASICALLY JUST SUCKED
UP BUSINESSES FROM ELSEWHERE
AND DIDN'T REALLY
SORT OF ADD TO IT.

Dana says IT WAS A HUGE EVENT
THE DAY IT OPENED.

Jonathan says IT WAS ACTUALLY THE FANCIEST
MALL IN DOWNTOWN LONDON
AT THE TIME.

Dana says HUNDREDS OF BALLOONS,
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE.
IT WAS VERY EXCITING.

Kathy says IT HAD A BIG BAY STORE, IT HAD,
LIKE, HARRY ROSEN WAS HERE.
THERE WAS THIS GRAND OPENING
AND IT WAS ALL CHAMPAGNE
AND TUXEDOS AND LIMOUSINES.

Dana says IT WAS PRETTIER,
IT HAD BETTER STORES,
IT FELT LIKE A TORONTO MALL.

(POP)
(AIR BUZZING)

A "Closed" sign appears on screen.

Felicity Morreal, a woman with wavy blond hair says I NEVER SAW A MALL, LIKE,
THEY OPENED AND DESTROYED,
LIKE IN MY OWN LIFETIME.
I'VE NEVER SEEN THAT
EVER BEFORE.

Kathy says AND IT JUST...
IT JUST SEEMED DEAD.

Jonathan says THE GALLERIA, THAT WAS
INITIALLY WHAT GUTTED DOWNTOWN
AND IT JUST,
IT DRAINED THE STREET LIFE.
MY GOAL WAS ALWAYS
TO BE ON DUNDAS STREET
AND SPECIFICALLY IN THIS BLOCK.
SO WHEN I MOVED ONTO THE BLOCK,
THERE WERE VERY FEW BUSINESSES
AND EVERYBODY THOUGHT
THAT I WAS CRAZY.
THEY ALSO THOUGHT
I WAS CRAZY
WHEN I WAS STARTING A BUSINESS
FOCUSED ON CERAMICS.
BUT YOU KNOW, IF YOU LISTEN TO
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY,
YOU NEVER GET ANYTHING DONE.

A newspaper article appears with a picture of Jonathon’s business and a headline that reads "Downtown revival!"

David White, a man with white hair and a moustache says BACK TO THE FUTURE,
THIS IS WHAT IT IS AGAIN.
DOWNTOWN LONDON
IS OWNER OPERATED.
YOU KNOW, THERE'S VERY FEW
CHAINS TO SPEAK OF.
YOU KNOW, YOU'VE GOT THE BIKE
SHOP, THE DISH SHOP, WHATEVER.
THEY'RE PEOPLE,
REAL PEOPLE, REAL NAMES.

Bob Usher’s voice says I WOULD BET YOU THERE'S 40 NEW
RESTAURANTS IN THE DOWNTOWN.

Shawn Galloway, a man in his thirties with brown hair and a shadow of a beard says OUR SELF-ESTEEM WAS REALLY
BOLSTERED WITH THE JLC.
IT WORKED. WE SPENT
A LOT OF MONEY, AND IT WORKED.
UH, AS WELL AS WITH THE MARKET.
A GOOD INVESTMENT
IN PUBLIC TRANSIT, DOWNTOWN,
WILL ALSO MAKE
THE DIFFERENCE TOO.

David says IT'S A PROVEN FACT THAT
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CORE,
YOU DON'T HAVE A CITY.
IT'S THAT SIMPLE.
AND SO THOSE NAYSAYERS,
YOU KNOW, STAY IN YOUR SUBURBS,
LEAVE THE REST OF DOWNTOWN
TO US, WE'LL HAVE FUN WITH IT.

An animated postcard reads "Dear Galleria Mall, We learned a lot from what transpired, and now we’re feeling quite inspired. Sincerely, Downtown London."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

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