Lifestyle Centers: Faux Downtowns Coming to a Suburb Near You

Lifestyle centers--shopping centers designed to look and function as town centers, continue to gain national momentum.
November 19, 2003, 6am PST | Connie Chung
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The Village, "a year-old shopping center in suburban Detroit built to look like Main Street USA," is "part of a fast-growing concept in commercial development called 'lifestyle centers.' These faux downtowns are under construction in nearly every state, and dozens more are planned. Lifestyle centers--a name coined by developer Terry McEwen when he built the first known center of this type in suburban Memphis--mix high-end retailers...with hip restaurants and pleasing architecture....Developers pin their success on convenience, safety and high-end offerings; the people who go there see them as community gathering places or surrogate town squares."

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Monday, November 17, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune
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