Reburbia: Sanctimonious Cankles

This has popped up in a few places already, but Dwell and Inhabitat have been sponsoring this series called “Reburbia” that’s targeted at coming up with ideas to “fix” America’s broken suburban landscapes. It’s pretty neat, because the finalists are full of really kooky sanctimonious ideas like “suburban people need AIRSHIPS to commute into the […]

Modernist Gas Stations

This is really neat. You can vote on your favorite one.

Arrowhead Towne Center; Glendale, Arizona

arrowhead-towne-center-18Arrowhead Towne Center is the only regional mall for a large region of over 1 million shoppers in sprawling northwest Maricopa County, comprising parts of Phoenix, Glendale, Sun City, Surprise, and Goodyear. Its market area is not only large, but economically and ethnically diverse as well, drawing both from extremely upscale, mostly white, brand new enclaves to the north and west to an economically diverse group with a significant amount of Mexican-Americans to the south and east. The average household income in the trade area is over $64,000.

Huntington Beach Mall (Bella Terra); Huntington Beach, California

Bella Terra is a redevelopment of a failed 1960s vintage shopping mall (The Huntington Beach Mall) in Orange County, California. The center was redeveloped as a hybrid big-box/entertainment center with an Italian Village feel.

Sangertown Square; New Hartford, New York

Sangertown Square, the only remaining enclosed shopping mall serving the Utica-Rome metropolitan area, opened in 1980 and today has around 70 stores and five anchor stores spread across 880,000 square feet, and it still sports a fair amount of its original late ’70s/early ’80s glory.

Brian Ulrich’s “Dark Stores, Ghostboxes, and Dead Malls”

I exchanged a few emails recently with photographer Brian Ulrich, who has been working on a Guggenheim scholarship to travel the United States and take pictures of vacant retail spaces and dead malls before they hit the wrecking ball. He has a compelling sample of his work up at his website, Not If But When, […]