Dead Malls

March 26, 2016, 5am PDT
Lean Urbanism recently released a "lean" guide to sprawl repair—focusing on how to bring struggling shopping malls back to life.
Lean Urbanism
November 14, 2015, 1pm PST
Using Greenwood, Indiana as an example, Eric McAfee discusses how the value of individual suburban malls depreciates over time. Shiny new shopping centers compensate for inevitable vacancies in older ones.
Urban Indy
December 5, 2014, 1pm PST
A PBS Newshour economic correspondent visits the sites of former malls in Ohio and Massachusetts, some successfully repurposed, others in construction, and one in decay, speaking with economic experts along the way about the future of the mall.
PBS NewsHour
November 1, 2012, 10am PDT
Five years ago, Graham Weston, the chairman and co-founder of Rackspace, had a wild vision to transform an abandoned mall into his company's headquarters. His unique approach has revitalized the adjacent city of Windcrest, a suburb of San Antonio.
The New York Times
February 7, 2012, 12pm PST
Stephanie Clifford documents the extraordinary lengths malls across the country are going to in hopes of attracting customers in the face of e-commerce and a battered economy.
The New York Times
March 31, 2011, 12pm PDT
New South China Mall in Dongguan, China has been 99% vacant since it was built in 2005. Is Chinese development running amok? Sarah Goodyear looks at a recent documentary that explains why the mall was built.
Grist
February 1, 2011, 7am PST
That's what Richard Reep proposes in this article looking at reuse options for vacant retail properties from strip malls to megamalls.
New Geography
December 12, 2009, 1pm PST
Photographer Brian Ulrich has been taking pictures of dead mall and big-box retail across the country. The Morning News presents a photo gallery of his work.
The Morning News
November 28, 2009, 1pm PST
Mark Dery looks back at the birth and death of the mall, from Victor Gruen to the present collapse, then beyond to proposals for reusing and revitalizing mall spaces.
Design Observer
September 30, 2009, 9am PDT
Failing malls didn’t get into trouble overnight: most began their descent long before the tough climate.
Building Place Notebook