Heritage Park Mall; Midwest City, Oklahoma

Midwest City, Oklahoma is a decidedly blue-collar suburb of Oklahoma City with about 54,000 residents, located to the east of downtown and sprawled out roughly along I-40.  Over the years its economy has had its ups and downs, but as of recently has sort of been in the toilet aside from the saving grace of Tinker […]

Broadway Mall; Hicksville, New York

The Broadway Mall is one of the largest–and perhaps strangest–malls on Long Island. The mall opened in the 1956 on the site of a former boys’ orphanage as the open-air Mid-Island Plaza. The Hicksville area of Long Island was in the middle of a building and population boom at the time, as residents were flocking […]

Cherry Point Mall; Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

With nearly 10,000 residents, Sturgeon Bay is the county seat and gateway to the popular Door County tourism region of northeastern Wisconsin.  Since the advent of the automobile, tourists have flocked from Milwaukee, Chicago, and other midwestern cities to Door County for a beautiful, relaxing vacation.  For those who don’t know, Door County is Wisconsin’s “thumb” – a long […]

Pierre Moran Mall; Elkhart, Indiana

Elkhart, Indiana is a cozy medium-sized city of about 50,000 people located all the way at the top of Indiana, right in the middle of the state.  It’s literally right next to South Bend and a little over 100 miles east of Chicago on the Indiana Toll Road (I-80/90).  If you ever played a musical instrument in school, like […]

Northwest Plaza; St. Ann, Missouri

Located in the solidly middle class north county suburbs of St. Louis, Northwest Plaza has had a very rich and interesting history.  Its ups and downs can be tied to popular trends in retailing, from open air center to enclosed mall; and now, with an uncertain future and new owners, Northwest Plaza is failing again.  But why […]

Watertown Mall; Watertown, Massachusetts

The Watertown Mall is a small, 250,000 square foot mall located on Arsenal Street in Watertown, Massachusetts. A week or so ago, I posted about the Arsenal Mall, which was built directly across the street in the early 1980s. The Watertown Mall is its older and smaller sibling, typical of the tiny dumbell-style malls built […]

Square One Shopping Centre; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Located in the sprawling megasuburb of Mississauga, Ontario, Square One Shopping Centre is one of the largest malls in Canada and the second largest in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), behind Eaton Centre downtown.  As a mega-regional mall, Square One draws from an impressive trade area encompassing the entire Golden Horseshoe, a term for the highly […]

Vancouver Mall; Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, Washington is a city with about 150,000 people located immediately north of Portland, Oregon and directly across the Columbia River from it.  Vancouver and Portland share a census-defined metro area, which contains over 2 million residents.  They also share shopping areas and a generally unified economy.  Most notably, over 70 percent of Vancouver residents travel […]

University Mall; Little Rock, Arkansas

While we may not be able to represent all 50 states in 2007, contributor Michael Lisicky is helping inch us along with this dead mall, the University Mall in Little Rock, Arkansas: I am not from Little Rock. I have never been to Little Rock. But recently I flew to Little Rock, just for the […]

Southgate Mall; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Southgate Shopping Center, later Southgate Mall, was the first significant post-World War II suburban-style shopping center in the Milwaukee area. In 1949, local brewery supplier (how very Milwaukee) Kurtis Froedtert laid the framework for Southgate and three other major suburban-style shopping centers in the area, during a period of this kind of retail development nationwide. […]