Best of Vancouver 2014: Brentwood makeover planned decades ago. She Lives In The Oldest Mall In America After 48 Abandoned Shops Are Transformed Into Homes. All across the globe, people are jumping onto the trend of smaller “shoebox” living.
Scaling back and and living a more sustainable lifestyle is made possible with compact, repurposed and/or off-the-grid living quarters. The Case for the American Mall. The customer isn't always right.
For example, the management at South Coast Plaza would prefer that you, or I, or any visitor for that matter, not refer to the mammoth complex as "a mall. " South Coast Plaza is a luxury shopping experience, and a global shopping destination, home to an "unparalleled collection of 250 boutiques and department stores," including Bulgari, Chanel, and Roger Vivier, among others, in Costa Mesa, California, a quick 20-minute jaunt from the beach. A promotional video narrated in an unplaceable but unmistakably posh accent concludes, "South Coast Plaza: where the world comes to shop. " America's Oldest Mall Now Contains 48 Charming Low-Cost Micro-Apartments. With online retailers making shopping an efficient, no-fuss experience, it's no secret that brick-and-mortar malls aren't as popular as they used to be.
Yet, what's to be done about the shopping malls that are no longer populated by crowds of shoppers? What can we do with structures like Arcade Providence, America's oldest shopping mall and a National Historic Landmark? To solve such a dilemma, Northeast Collaborative Architects decided to stage a $7 million revival by transforming the Providence, Rhode Island space into mixed-use housing with 17 shops on the ground floor and 48 low-cost micro-apartments on the top two levels. Starting at an affordable $550 a month, residents can rent an Arcade Providence, one-bedroom unit that's 225 to 450 square feet in size. 99% Invisible-163- The Gruen Effect by Roman Mars. The Gruen Effect (with transcript) A New Life for Dead Malls. In case you haven’t heard, suburban malls are on the way out (sorry Paul Blart).
Some have become abandoned wastelands popular for ruin porn. Others have been torn down and turned into industrial sites. It Takes a Village: EBSCOhost. Loading... citation_instruction.
Calgary Malls: Alive and Well and Booming: EBSCOhost. A Farewell to Mallrats. When I was a young Girl Scout I attended a yearly event called Mall Madness, at which scores of local troops were locked in a mall overnight, until 3 or 4 a.m.
It was the pinnacle of my 12-year-old social calendar, and it was madness, if fairly contained—preteen girls given the run of the mall, running through Spencer’s Gifts hopped up on Orange Julius and too many Cinnabons; making their first tentative forays into Hot Topic without fear of encountering the scary, be-pierced high schoolers that were its daytime denizens; buying CDs and T-shirts and keychains with slogans and other earnest, embarrassing expressions of burgeoning identity.
The mall experience is not quite so vibrant today. A few months ago I went to a mall in Maryland, because it has an Old Navy and an Olive Garden, and I wanted to buy pants and eat pasta alone. Other malls are faring even worse. Overall the landscape seems uneven. America's Changing Mall Culture. Why Teens Go To Malls. Uk.businessinsider.
Why Teens Are the Most Elusive and Valuable Customers in Tech. If Facebook's $19 billion Whatsapp acquisition can be attributed to one single instigator, it's teenagers.
Having lost its $3 billion bid for Snapchat, and with teens consistently fleeing Facebook by the millions each year, it's clear that Facebook was willing to pay just about any price to get them back. When the world's largest social network and a major purveyor of data considers this demographic priceless, you pay attention. Uk.businessinsider. The Canadian Shopping Mall: Neither Canadian Nor A Mall, Anymore. There was a time when the Canadian shopping mall was more than a mecca for consumer culture.
It was a community space that functioned as an exercise circuit for seniors, a fun escape for moms on maternity leave and the default weekend hangout for teenagers. Today, it's an environment under threat. A hyperspeed revolution in the retail sector promises to transform the Canadian shopping mall into something that is neither “Canadian” nor “mall.” That trend is clear in the fast-paced turnaround at the Toronto Eaton Centre. As Canada’s busiest shopping mall adapts to survive, it is rapidly becoming less Canadian. In just the few years since the 2008-2009 recession, the number of Canadian retailers in the mall has fallen by 10 percentage points, to half of all stores, according to an analysis by the Huffington Post Canada. The number of U.S. retailers has risen by nearly the same percentage, to 35 per cent, from 2008 and 2014.
But it is Canadian apparel chains that are faring worst. Close. Death of Canadian malls: Future of suburban shopping centres in jeopardy. Photo from Michael Galinsky's Malls of America series, circa the 1980s.
In the classic 1995 film Clueless, Cher and her bestie Dionne spend a disproportionate amount of time shopping at the mall. Like the soda shop before it the mall has long been the quintessential destination in pop culture, and IRL (texting speak for “in real life”), for teens to waste away the day. But in the two decades since Clueless premiered many malls across North America have been dying a slow, undignified death.
Most malls were built decades ago to cater to Canadians who had migrated to the suburbs. The death of the American mall. It is hard to believe there has ever been any life in this place.
Shattered glass crunches under Seph Lawless’s feet as he strides through its dreary corridors. Overhead lights attached to ripped-out electrical wires hang suspended in the stale air and fading wallpaper peels off the walls like dead skin. Lawless sidesteps debris as he passes from plot to plot in this retail graveyard called Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio. Are Malls Over? When the Woodville Mall opened, in 1969, in Northwood, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo, its developers bragged about the mall’s million square feet of enclosed space; its anchor tenants, which included Sears and J. C. Penney; and its air-conditioning—seventy-two degrees, year-round! Architectural Afterlife. Euclid Square Mall – Abandoned? Or just an eerie reminder of how easily we forget?
I wanted to post this here, before more lies begin to surface across the face of the Internet. There’s a difference between having a little bit of fun, telling a story and just purely blasting a bunch of lies to people who are actually interested in LEARNING about our history. Why would you want to give a false history? Isn’t the point of documenting these places to bring a bit of attention to the matter at hand of all that we have left behind? A New Life for Dead Malls. The-economics-and-nostalgia-of-dead-malls. OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Inside the gleaming mall here on the Sunday before Christmas, just one thing was missing: shoppers.
The upbeat music of “Jingle Bell Rock” bounced off the tiles, and the smell of teriyaki chicken drifted from the food court, but only a handful of stores were open at the sprawling enclosed shopping center. A few visitors walked down the long hallways and peered through locked metal gates into vacant spaces once home to retailers like H&M, Wet Seal and Kay Jewelers. Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls. 99% Invisible: The Gruen Effect by Ted Muldoon. DeadMalls.com.