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Old 05-02-2007, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'm also a downtown and neighborhood type of shopper who avoids malls. Increasingly the southern and western cities in the US are developing areas that cater to this lifestyle, with many suburban types moving into mixed-use building in urban areas. It's a nice trend that's booming in Austin to the point where they can't seem to build fast enough to keep up with demand. But there are many small neighborhood centers too. Nothing like Seattle, though, which is the BEST city for "villages" within the city. Boston's great in that way too, and of course New York and SF...

For malls, I was most impressed with Toronto's underground city. I haven't seen Edmonton, though, which I've heard is very impressive and combines elements of Toronto and the Mall of America into a Mega-Mall-City all underground. Anyone been there who can give a report?
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:37 PM
 
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Rivercenter Mall in San Antonio because it is on the riverwalk.
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Old 05-04-2007, 09:43 PM
 
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I much prefer downtown areas such as Chicago's Michigan Avenue or New York's Fifth Avenue for a shopping district. As for actual malls, though, I'd go with Oak Brook Center for an outdoor mall (an upscale and well-manicured place in Chicago's west suburbs) and then the indoor malls at Caesars Palace and the Venetian in Las Vegas (if you're going to go over-the-top, you might as well go all the way).
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:18 AM
 
Location: NEW JERSEY
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We have a few notable malls in my area:

Garden State Plaza, Paramus NJ (very big, easy to navigate, a lot of good stores)

Short Hills Mall, Short Hills NJ (known for being one of the most "upscale" malls. Only a few low scale stores...mostly...fendi, gucci etc.)

Palisades Mall in NY (a lot of floors, imax, dave & busters)

King of Prussia in PA (known for being gigantic and have so many stores)

I would rather shop in NJ though because we have no tax on clothes : )
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast Florida
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Fort Henry Mall, Kingsport TN
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Old 05-06-2007, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Rivercenter Mall in San Antonio because it is on the riverwalk.
Well, yeah, the RiverWalk is gorgeous and unlike anything in any other part of the USA, but the mall itself is just an upscale version of a typical mall. If the thread were titled "most beautiful areas immediately outside of a shopping mall" than I would agree with you!
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Old 05-06-2007, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Texas
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The Galleria in Houston. Largest mall in Texas and is in the top five in the U.S.
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I want to second the Tysons complexes in Northern Virginia. Very nice.
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Old 05-26-2007, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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International Plaza and Bay Street in Tampa. It has representatitves from every high-end brand you can think of, it is large but not imposing, posh but not snobby. Also, open-air Bay Street outside the mall has a lot of high-end places to eat (some of which are local flavor to Tampa), and at night becomes a thriving nightlife/people watching district. There is also a four-star hotel on the property, and it is all adjacent to Tampa International, consistently rated among the nation's best airports.
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Old 05-26-2007, 01:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay
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I also nominate Waterside Shops in Naples, and Mall at Millenia in Orlando. Waterside is beautiful, full of fountains, entirely open air and full of the highest-end shops. Millenia is positively HUGE, resembles an aquarium almost, beautiful all blue/white colors, glass and steel.
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