Tag Archives: shopping malls

(721) Winter mallscapes

sheridanJust as Target’s 133-store self-erasure from Canada picks up force we come across a photo essay of US malls so dead the snow gets into them.

Surreal photos of abandoned, snow-filled malls show the death of an era in America. More eerie than nostalgic, the images show the passing of the age of the American shopping mall—and the broader upheaval that this represents

image: around the corner from the suburban-poverty.com publishing complex is the (long time) dry fountain on the lower level of Sheridan Centre in Mississauga.  A worker died  during the installation of the mall’s Target store.

(569) Hammering Canada’s malls

Square_One_Mall_SectionNot what they used to be, it would seem.  Too much square footage and online alternatives have weakened the malls…

The Canadian shopping mall: neither Canadian nor a mall, anymore

…and a bonus photo essay: The death of the American mall. Once-proud visions of suburban utopia are left to rot as online shopping and the resurgence of city centres make malls increasingly irrelevant to young people

image: TheAmazingMino via Wikimedia Commons

(352) Mall living

800px-Brentwood-town-ctrCanadians were in decades recent nothing if not awesome builders of shopping malls.  Most of the big regional ones are getting long in the tooth and attention turns now to what they will be going forward.  At least three big ones lying westward of Toronto are currently undergoing conventional renovations to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars to make them ever slicker seducers of shoppers.  More parking, upgraded branding, expanded hours and other attractions are being deployed almost as if a war was on between the consumatoria in question.  Some malls, perhaps nervous of a financially stressed population, retail saturation and the demographics of aging, as well as the simple appearance of opportunity, are now adding housing to the mix.

Instead of driving there and hanging out you can now live at the mall.  This idea holds value.  Why not eliminate short motor vehicle trips to make retail purchases?  Doing so saves money and fuel and reduces pollution.  A large mall with a condo slapped on top will have more viability because the patrons of its shops and services live steps away, so might the employees.

How ironic and positive that the increased density cherished by fans of European style city living comes to be facilitated by that most suburban and North American of built structures, the mall.  Is this not a good thing?  A first year architecture student is probably capable of coming up with the right approach to segregated entrances and other little details of layout that maximize the benefits of this possibility.  The mall is dead. Long live the mall!

The death and rebirth of the mall: you don’t drive there, you live there  
Globe & Mail

See also: (247) Shopping malls & (23) Shopping mauled

image: Home, sweet home? Brentwood Shopping Centre in Burnaby, BC by Arnold C via Wikimedia Commons

(247) Shopping malls

CBS Evening News
carried a video feature the other day about the adaptation of shopping malls.  Such things as churches, offices, and in one case, a city hall are turning up in them.  It only makes sense in a country where there are too many malls and not enough money.   In terms of community life malls have been pretty serious underachievers but maybe don’t give up on them completely just yet.

Rethinking an American icon: the shopping mall

photo: Eastview Shopping Centre, Saskatoon, SK by Drm310 via Wikimedia Commons

(23) Shopping mauled

Out on the new, poorer frontier there’s at least one fun thing we can all bank on: dead shopping malls.  Perhaps along with zombie car dealerships and deep coma garden centres the malls will form a stock of adaptable, recyclable structures more suited to a post-cheap energy and post-high finance world?  Are you wagering that stash of gold bars and shot gun shells on it?  Didn’t think so.

Ghosts of shopping past photo gallery
Malls of a certain age audio link on page
“The enclosed mall itself, though, is as dead as your average big-city newspaper. Which is to say: not dead yet, exactly, but no one’s betting on its future.”
Dead Malls