Shopping Centers

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
March 31, 2015, 8am PDT
Despite threats like online retail, upscale sectors of the mall market are prospering. This is good news for what are, perhaps, the only walkable 'streets' in some parts of the country.
CityLab
March 3, 2015, 12pm PST
Historic planning documents, like those found in the APA's Planning Advisory Service, are full of lessons about how past planning doctrines failed their intentions, and it's always a good time for planners to re-evaluate their antecedents.
Strong Towns
June 28, 2012, 8am PDT
As the global recession continues to hit the global economy, shopping centers take on two distinct development patterns in developed and developing nations.
Retail Traffic
January 9, 2012, 6am PST
A new technology enables pedestrian behavior and flow to be monitored continuously using mobile phone technology. Its use in US and UK shopping centers has consumer rights activists worried.
The Guardian
March 18, 2010, 2pm PDT
Built during the height of the boom, GardenWalk in Anaheim was a can't-fail mixed-use shopping center with condos. The retail opened just as the recession hit, and this week the developer has put the condo construction rights up for sale.
The Los Angeles Times
Blog post
January 31, 2010, 9am PST

As a young kid, skirting aimlessly throughout my suburban municipality from one car-optimized shopping center to the next on my bicycle in search of stimulation (and perhaps trouble), I vividly recall - though I likely didn't describe it as - the internal conflict between interesting commercial destinations on the inside, and the banal, cruel approach to these places on the outside.  Although the primitive human desires of my psyche subconsciously longed for a central place to congregate with other lost children of the suburbs, I never had a downtown; I never had a community center.  In this vacuum, I compensated with all that was available.

Ian Sacs
September 30, 2009, 9am PDT
Failing malls didn’t get into trouble overnight: most began their descent long before the tough climate.
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