The Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Plaza mall is 41 acres of prime commercial real estate in the nation’s second largest city. When the mall came up for sale last year, a group of residents decided to shoot for the moon and started organizing to buy it.
The former Paradise Valley Mall will undergo a conversion to a mixed-use community with homes, offices, and stores.
Local leaders in Virginia are banking on mall redevelopment projects to revive their tax bases and create more mixed-use neighborhoods.
The Virginia Mercury
The COVID-19 pandemic and massive mall-retailer closings has left millions of highly skilled workers from the retail and food and beverage industries unemployed and eager to work. Many will seek to open their own businesses in downtowns.
ASLA The Dirt
The latest chapter of the retail apocalypse is not a happy one.
The New York Times
Delays have been part of the story with the American Dream mall in New Jersey since its earliest inception, and the mall has been lauded in the past for evolving to match the American retail landscape.
More online shopping means fewer consumers are spending money at brick-and-mortar stores, with suburban malls hit especially hard. But municipalities are looking for creative strategies to navigate a post-mall world.
Suburban malls around the country are shutting down, and the huge spaces offer a variety of opportunities for creative reuse.
The Washington Post
Fairfax County, Virginia is considering a change to its parking requirements that would lower the number of parking spots at large malls like Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria.
Updates are coming to the Third Street Promenade as it seeks to innovate the retail experience.
Los Angeles Magazine
Malls in metropolitan Atlanta are thinking outside the (big) box to reposition in the age of the retail apocalypse.
It's a free online video game, in retro 8-bit style. What could go wrong?
Al Jazeera created a video that documents the decline of suburbia.
More apparel sales will move online, and department stores will continue to struggle in 2017.
As brick and mortar retailers shed jobs and stores, suburbs will lose the most in terms of tax revenues and amenities.
A massive mall, proposed for a 174-acre stretch of land that abuts the border between Miami-Dade and Broward counties, has so far breezed through approvals. "American Dream Miami" will still require political victories.
Some malls across the country have taken to enforcing bans on unaccompanied minors to quell potential trouble, but in California the bans are raising issues of civil libertiies.
Los Angeles Times
Providence, Rhode Island is one of many cities to get mall-like retail center built with walkability in mind and set around a Plaza.
The big anchor businesses of malls are bleeding business and closing stores, dragging the rest of the mall business down with them.
The Wall Street Journal
Jon Jerde—one of the country's most recognizable and prolific architects and urban designers—passed away this week.