Prescribing New Life for Dying Malls

A panel of experts weighs in on what cities should do with their dying shopping malls.

"As the recession deepens, the retail industry continues to take a huge hit. Nowhere is this more visible than in the rising vacancy rate in shopping malls across the country. Mall owners are gambling on various businesses to draw people in, from water parks to educational services. What happens, or should happen, to dying or dead shopping malls?"

The New York Times asks:

* Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson, architecture professors
* Helene Klodawsky, director of "Malls R Us"
* Peter Blackbird, founder of
* James J. Farrell, historian
* Joel Kotkin,

Full Story: 101 Uses for a Deserted Mall


Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.