Westminster Mall; Westminster, Colorado

  Our third Denver-area post comes to us from reader Jacob Doherty.  The following commentary, as well as the photos here, are his.  Thanks for the contribution, Jacob, and the multitude of pictures!  Maybe some of our commenters can help us label some of the “unknown” dead stores? (mouseover for the photo tags) Westminster is […]

Mall of New Hampshire; Manchester, New Hampshire

Mall-of-New-Hampshire-21 The Mall of New Hampshire is a 930,000 square foot enclosed shopping mall in Manchester, New Hampshire, the state’s largest city (pop. 108,580) and the largest single municipality in Northern New England. The center is also the third largest in the state, and is one of several serving the state’s populous “Golden Triangle,” a mostly suburban and urban area in the southern part of New Hampshire that grew significantly in population over the last several decades as people from Eastern Massachusetts sought affordable housing in an area that was commutable to Boston-area jobs.

Westfield Downtown Plaza; Sacramento, California

Westfield Downtown Plaza is a 1.1 million-square foot, two level outdoor shopping mall located in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Anchored by two Macy’s stores, the mall caters equally to downtown office workers and weekend tourists, but is facing some trouble.

A 2006 proposal to renovate the mall appears to have stalled, and many tenants are fleeing the center even as activity throughout the rest of the center city is increasing.

Forest Park Mall; Forest Park, Illinois

forest-park-mall-04Forest Park Mall was a 400,000 square-foot enclosed mall located along Roosevelt Road just west of Harlem Avenue, and about a quarter of a mile south of I-290. Helmed by the same developer who created Ford City Mall on Chicago’s southwest side, Forest Park Mall – just like Ford City – was also a redevelopment project that converted an old factory into a shopping center – albeit on a smaller scale.

New York Times on Rethinking the Mall

The recent economic downturn has sparked a wave of retail bankruptcies, and with it press interest in the phenomenon of distressed shopping malls (as evidenced in the Wall Street Journal piece that mentioned us a few weeks ago, and a recent New York Times blog piece that did the same). Last week the New York […]

Southwest Center Mall (Formerly Red Bird Mall); Dallas, Texas

southwest-center-mall-08Located 10 miles southwest of downtown Dallas, at the interchange between US 67 and Interstate 20, Southwest Center Mall is both an anachronism and an eyesore. But what an amazing eyesore it is. One needs only to take a look at the photos to understand what a unique specimen this is, in terms of design, decor, and blatant inadequacy. But let’s dig a little deeper and try to figure out what happened.