The Status of the Pedestrian Mall in American Downtowns

  title={The Status of the Pedestrian Mall in American Downtowns},
  author={Kent A. Robertson},
  journal={Urban Affairs Review},
  pages={250 - 273}
  • K. Robertson
  • Published 1 December 1990
  • History
  • Urban Affairs Review
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