Wither the Shopping Mall?

Just reading in The Economist how the enclosed shopping mall in America is in decline. Invented here, and hugely poplar around the world, it was originally conceived to offer the ambiance of a European shopping district in the newly forming suburbs after World War II.

Now, there are even Internet sites dedicated to documenting the histories of malls that have been torn down, like the Lakehurst Mall near Chicago. Two mentioned are: Deadmalls.com and Labelscar.com.

Lest you think that everyone is shopping Amazon now, the open "Southern Californian" type mall (like The Grove) is going gangbusters. Some feature trolleys, fountains, carousels and such in a more street-like setting. A "new" downtown for people that don't remember what downtown was like…

The Economist article is HERE

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