It’s about to become Woburn Village, something akin to Third Ave in Burlington, a mixed bag of condominiums, stores and restaurants. Here’s a quick Woburn Mall retrospective.
Grand opening photo flub
Look between the two women cutting the ribbon. Notice the disembodied plaid pants? They belonged to City Councilor Paul Meaney, who was running for re-election at the time. According to his son, the Times had a policy against running photos of candidates up for re-election, so the Times photo staff had to remove him — without any modern photo software. They did a pretty good job, except they forgot the pants.
The mall in 2001:
The mall in 2008:
The mall in February, 2019, about to shut down:
Risk of theft
A bunch of historic Woburn images are still framed and mounted to a wall in the mall’s rear hallway, waiting to be stolen. One has already vanished. Burlington Retro photographed the rest of them in case they vanish too. You’re welcome, Woburn. (Update: They belong to the Woburn Public Library and are now in safe hands)
Want more Woburn Village imagery? Scroll through this PDF: Edens-Woburn-Village