Strip Malls

January 23, 2015, 12pm PST
Bill Lindeke writes of the daunting urban design and planning challenge presented by America's post-war fascination with the strip mall.
MinnPost
June 11, 2013, 11am PDT
As our suburbs diversify, the most affordable commercial districts found in such areas (often in strip malls) become an important entry point for immigrants to build their 'American Dream'. Kaid Benfield asks if such opportunities deserve protection.
NRDC Switchboard Blog
November 20, 2012, 9am PST
Allyn Gaestel outlines the tensions that arise as a growing Vietnamese community begins to define the visual character of Washington Ave. in South Philadelphia.
Next American City
February 1, 2012, 12pm PST
As the strip malls ubiquitous across the suburbs of the United States and Canada lose favor and become increasingly derelict, planners and developers debate whether there is anything about the 'retail relics' worth salvaging.
France 24
October 18, 2011, 9am PDT
A Sears Shopping Center in Lincoln Park, Michigan has found a novel way to kill their competitor - close the easement the developer is using to access the property.
The News-Herald
June 14, 2011, 12pm PDT
The Arlington, VA County Board is voting in July on naming 23 properties as 'essential' to preserve. Among those chosen are two strip malls.
The Green Miles
Feature
May 23, 2011, 8am PDT
Deteriorating commercial strips are commonplace in today's auto-oriented suburbs. Errin Welty outlines her strategy for turning stagnating strips into vibrant shopping districts.
Errin Welty
February 4, 2011, 11am PST
We've got more commercial strip development than we can handle, says Edward T. MacMahon of ULI, and the economy is restructuring the retail landscape away from the strip.
Citiwire.net
Feature
October 1, 2009, 10am PDT
Strip malls are in virtually every American city, but they're rarely an important part of those cities. Ava Bromberg says they can be. Her idea is to turn strip malls into community-owned hubs that generate capital within their neighborhood and keep it there.
Nate Berg
July 22, 2009, 1pm PDT
<em>Dumpster diving</em> takes on new meaning as a New York-based design firm reinvents vacant lots as mini-resorts by converting old trash bins into swimming pools.
ABC News
November 15, 2008, 7am PST
Strip malls could be the next frontier for urban redevelopment, according to Chris Nelson.
The Oregonian
October 16, 2008, 7am PDT
In a contest sponsored by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, architecture firms nationwide competed to show off how they would best use land currently devoted to strip malls. <i>Bustler</i> provides the winning entries.
Bustler
October 3, 2008, 9am PDT
Harundale Mall, one of the first enclosed malls built in the country, is now a strip mall. This article contains an examination of its somber decline and the direction in which Harundale--and other malls--may be headed next.
The Baltimore Sun
July 11, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>A Houston bedroom community decides against allowing childcare centers to mix with other businesses in strip centers.</p>
The Houston Chronicle
Blog post
April 13, 2007, 9am PDT

This message is brought to you by the frustrated residents of a city where strip malls prosper and the stock of affordable housing struggles to keep up with demand.

Housing Crisis In L.A.

A new strip mall being constructed at the intersection of Venice Blvd. and Western Ave. in Los Angeles inspired this public display.

Strip malls are in no short supply in L.A., and this is just one example of yet another being built in the city. Unmixed-use retail developments like this are popping up all over the place. Much less new housing is being built. And a sharply lower amount of new affordable housing is being built.

Nate Berg