From the DMN today:

These days you can’t build anything bigger than a branch bank without someone calling it a town center.

The truth is that most of these suburban wannabes are far from the center of anything and amount to a strip mall with a few apartments sprinkled on top.

Along with village, town center is one of the most overused labels in the developer tool kit.

Back in the 1970s, everything was called a place, and in the ’80s it was centre. Now every other project is a town center. Catching on fast are commons and park.