Someday I plan to write a book about "tiny towns," my short-hand term for miniature places that conflate disparate locations into a single, observable scene. In the meantime, I'll occasionally post articles and links to illustrate the kinds of attractions I hope to include in the book. For example...
Walk-o-Wonders brought folks to the Great Western Shoppers Mart in Columbus, Ohio, with its faux "seven wonders of the world." It allowed suburban strollers the chance to fantasize that they'd been somewhere more meaningful on a Saturday afternoon than a boring shopping center. Or at least it gave their kids something to do. Like many wonderful places in that city (the sublime Kahiki restaurant and, more recently, the first Wendy's), the Walk-o-Wonders is now gone.
Here's a postcard from my collection. You'll notice the walk as a pedestrian mall that stretches between the two outer ends of the complex's U-shape.