Special/Signature Issues » 30th Anniversary Issue

Safety Town bites the dust.

July 29, 1986

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Generations of Richmond schoolchildren learned to look both ways on the tiny streets of Safety Town. At the Azalea Mall shopping center on Brook Road and Westbrook Avenue, the miniature town included buildings, crosswalks and traffic lights. Since the mid-1960s the Ginter Park Woman's Club sponsored the popular program that taught children traffic, fire and home safety. After classroom instruction, children took to the diminutive "streets." Its doom was foretold in a story July 29, 1986. Apparently Azalea Mall's new owners weren't enamored of the program that one local mother said had "indirectly saved a lot of children's lives." Today, not only is Safety Town a memory, so is Azalea Mall.

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