Why so many ex-service stations?
February 23, 2010 11:54 PM Subscribe
Did cars really used to need this much maintenance?
posted by ricochet biscuit to Technology (24 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So in the old hometown, I have occasionally remarked on a stretch of Main Street that seems usually well-supplied with former service stations: in the space of just over one kilometer (or just under one mile) there are nine or ten former gas stations*. At least six of them have been service stations in my memory -- roughly since the mid-seventies -- but today none is. This seems an unusually high number for a part of the city that hasn't been the edge of town since the pre-automotive era. I asked my parents about it once upon a time and the answer I got was that cars used to need a lot more service. Fair enough, but cold the demand really support almost one station per block? Is this typical elsewhere? I do not see this frequency in other places, but many of these I know of only because I recall them being there in 1975 or something, and I didn't grow up in more than one city.
*For those who know the city of Hamilton ON: two at Main and Wentworth, one at Sanford, one at Burris, one at Holton, (possibly) one at St. Clair, one at Blake, one at Ashford, and two at Prospect. Rather a lot.