18 March 2015 – ‘retrofitting suburbia’: the changing US shopping mall

There is an interesting article (and full audio recording) by Noel King on Marketplace (26 Feb). She talks about the changing use of many US shopping malls as traditional anchor stores relocate back in to city centres and on to busy urban streets. Noel King talks about ‘retrofitting suburbia’ and visits Duluth, Minnesota to find malls also being used by walkers as exercise ‘yards’ and she talks of others being used to house police precincts, health centres and fire stations. There are others that target specific groups of shoppers as ‘ethnic malls’ and she visits the Santa Fe mall that targets Hispanic shoppers, providing its own radio station, a large food precinct, health centre etc.

If you want to hear the full audio version, it is here

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