Pobie Johnston NY Times August 8

Pobie Johnston NY Times August 8, 1982 – By ELEANOR CHARLES Continued pressure from the council and the Southwestern Area Commerce and Industry Association, a large corporate-oriented business organization that replaced the Stamford Chamber of Commerce some years ago, wrought changes in the mall that have aided small merchants.

Pedestrian access to Saks Fifth Avenue will be from the street as well as from inside the mall, a walkway will be provided for the parking garage where only a driveway was originally planned, and shops and restaurants will be installed instead of a blank wall at the Main Street entrance.

”They even tried to face the mall away from City Hall and the rest of downtown,” Mr. Jones complained. ”Urban renewal is as traumatic as a heart transplant,” said Pobie Johnston, vice president for regional municipal planning at the commerce and industry association. ”It must be remembered that in the 1960’s Stamford was dying and it was that blight that led to urban renewal. As a result we are a healthy community with a new heart. Treating the rest of the body around that heart is what we are about now.”

”Urban renewal is as traumatic as a heart transplant,” said Pobie Johnston, vice president for regional municipal planning at the commerce and industry …