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History of The American Shopping Mall

From the founding of the Southdale Center Mall and the Midtown Plaza by Victor Gruen, the father of the American shopping mall, and the eventual decline of malls as a whole, here you can read all about their history in the US.

Third Places

Characterized by American urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg as the anchors of community life third places are locations such as malls that at their core fuction as relaxing meeting spaces for communities. This in contrast to first places (the home) and second places (the work place).

Dying and Abandoned Malls

Here you can view our record of dying and abandoned malls across the country. You can also post your memories of your own local mall.