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Old 11-21-2011, 04:21 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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And if so Back Bay Boston must be the Worst urban neigborhood in teh country, it has 2 malls
Before the Prudential Center Mall came into being, Downtown Crossing was the place to shop. I still miss the old multi level Filenes classic downtown department store. Now Downtown Crossing has a lackluster Macy's and a selection of stores and atmosphere that leaves something to be desired.


What's odd with the Copley Place Mall is they have a lot of the same stores two blocks over on Newbury Street. I guess it really depends on the city and how well integrated the mall is. Back Bay is a wealthy urbane neighborhood that can sustain both malls and Newbury Street. The two Back Bay malls are nicely integrated with the neighborhood with skywalks, hotels, offices, skyscrapers, and the Back Bay Subway-T/Commuter Rail station all connected to them. Though like I said earlier the malls no doubt have taken the prestige away from Downtown Crossing, it was decent there back in the day.

Think of the Cambridge Side Galleria. That's a forgettable mall and doesn't really benefit East Cambridge very much at all. Worcester tried doing a downtown mall back in the 80's, that failed. They reincarnated it into an outlet mall in the 90’s that also flopped.

Downtown Dallas has the original Neiman Marcus and not very much else. The Galleria and Northpark Malls have thriving retail environments while downtown is a total sleeper with not very much retail or dining at all.

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Old 11-21-2011, 04:55 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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As soon as that area goes down the drain, the mall goes with it and everything around it. Soon a nearly deserted mall will stand there, or at least a much less affluent mall. Look at Cortana Mall and Sharpstown Mall (now called Plazas Americas).
True, lots of malls tend to have a 15-20 year shelf life. The existing mall either gets a major overhaul and rennovation, or quite often developers buy up cheap land up the road and build a new one and neglecting what was once a busy retail area.
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