The Resource Oral history interview, Bob Sullivan ; interviewed by Amy Accles, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Bob Sullivan ; interviewed by Amy Accles, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Bob Sullivan ; interviewed by Amy Accles
  • This interview records the reflections and viewpoints of Mr. Bob Sullivan, City Planning Director [1965-Feb. 1992], on the atmosphere and condition of Court Square, Harrisonburg, Va. before and after the completion of the Valley Mall in 1978. His opinions reflect those of a long-time resident and Harrisonburg city official. Reviews the history of and city's position on the following issues: advantages and disadvantages of not having businesses centered in downtown Harrisonburg; city zoning regulations; city annexation of the Rockingham County area, later to include the Valley Mall; use of the downtown Court Square lawn for public events; city's continued "pro-Mall" stance; downtown revitalization efforts (sidewalk beautification, ordinances to encourage a mix of types of business, housing); special events such as the bicycle race; expanding city government space, building of the new County Jail
  • (cont.) Describes results of a recent survey of downtown building space by square footage, from highest to lowest use. Mentions a study done on the number/adequacy of metered parking spaces. Philosophizes about changes that have/are occurring in American downtowns, primarily as a result of the development of shopping centers; sees grocery stores as the focal points of shopping centers. Believes Harrisonburg's decentralization began with the move of civic clubs from the downtown area. Expresses personal views about downtown Harrisonburg
  • (cont.) Reminisces about the small-town atmosphere of a busy centrally-locally downtown area, especially during the 1950's and 1960's: Describes various businesses (ex. department, clothing stores, congregation points such as Glen's Fair Price Store, grocery stores such as Mick-or-Mack; hotels; antique shops; movie theaters); festivals/parades/events (ex. Friends of the Feathers), etc. and the general feeling of community/comaraderie which existed
  • (cont.) Mentions family/personal shopping patterns downtown. Refers to the following stores: Leggett's, Penney's, Alfred and Joseph Neys', Woolworth's, McCrory's, Grant's, Dollar General Store, Rose's, A&N, Glen's Fair Price. Mentions grocery stores such as: Mick-or-Mack, Red Front, Safeway; hotels such as the Warren, National, Kavanaugh, Wise Tourist Home, Motel Marvilla; also Belle Meade. Mentions the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church; downtown Presbyterian, Episcopal Churches. Recalls movie theaters such as the Virginia, Strand and State Theaters. Mentions the Post Office; Virginia National Bank; Rockingham Public Library; the Salvation Army, various civic groups (Rotary, Kiwanis); and the Farmer's Market
Accompanying matter
  • bibliography
  • biography of composer or author
  • historical information
  • other
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at the City Planning Office building, 345 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, Va., on Feb. 9, 1990
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 2-3.
Oral history interview, Bob Sullivan ; interviewed by Amy Accles, (sound recording)
  • Complete transcription of tape available
  • Interview setting summary and index also available with tape and full transcription (leaves [26]-42 of text)
  • Forms part of Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia, an oral history project. For more background information, see Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Part of an oral history project / Amy Accles (OCLC record 25527973). For details on individual interviews, all conducted by Amy Accles, see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / RonnShort (OCLC record 25535117). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Terri Denton (OCLC record 25614979)
Accompanying material
1 transcription (17 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in.
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
1 sound cassette (55 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.

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