The future of the American mall

To stay relevant and keep attracting shoppers, malls are changing, adding more open-air features and destination attractions.

Roger Fillion, SwitchYard Media, special to MSN Money

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Apr 2, 2013 8:51AM
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I'm more worried about the future of, "The American".
Apr 2, 2013 6:27AM
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When they design and build a mall that looks identical to the main intersection of a small village and the stores are operated by moms and pops and they are all relevant to the families inhabiting the homes surrounding it... then they will have mastered the concept of a "mall". When H.G. Wells envisioned his "mall" back in the 1800s, he didn't consider that they would degenerate to big boxes on the ends and exploited teen fashions in-between.
Apr 1, 2013 9:24PM
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Where else can parents let their kids run wild and be little hoodlums?
Apr 6, 2013 8:07AM
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Why can't this country figure out a way to build "factories of America" that pay well to support the flat sales at the malls?  America was once the world leader in technology and manufacturing; now we are just like the Wal-mart greeter!
Apr 6, 2013 7:18AM
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have I misunderstood this, or are malls really evolving into a shopping environment that closely resembles the original downtown shopping areas that they single-handedly put out of business when they originally opened, and people deserted because they liked everything under one roof?
Apr 6, 2013 7:48AM
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Malls- a great place for gangs of "hoodies" to roam around in air conditioned comfort- beats hanging out on some windy street corner.
Apr 6, 2013 9:01AM
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I TOTALLY AGREE TO THE BLACKS RUINED THE MALL COMMENTS.JUST WENT TO A LOCAL MALL YESTERDAY WITH MY 2 DAUGHTERS  11 AND 13.THEY WERE SCARED TO BE  WITOUT ME RIGHT BY THERE SIDE AND THESE 2 DONT HAVE A RACIAL BONE IN THERE BODIES. CLEAN THESE PLACES UP AND WE WILL RETURN ,OTHERWISE JUST KEEP EM.
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I used to like malls until the blacks ruined nearly ever mall I have seen. They become these annoying leeching parasites that mope around and don't ever go away. Their lack of respect for others and playing their mp3 players is like a flashback to the 1980s when they would carry ghettoblaster stereos on their shoulders. Now you wonder why no one cares to go to malls. There is your answer !
Apr 1, 2013 11:06PM
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Sounds more like the old movie called,"Logan's Run". Perhaps this is the wave of the future. "The Hunger Games" is more what I think our future holds.
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Go to malls a couple times a year, when I have to.  Other then that no interest!
Apr 2, 2013 1:23PM
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So what happened to the story about the problems with European Health Care? It was taken down within minutes of being put up? Someone not like the truth?
Apr 6, 2013 8:46AM
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How about infusing the malls with Mom & Pop stores as they once were? When you go to a market/mall in Europe and other parts of the world, they are not these big boring corporate chain centers. They have stores with unique items that you can only get there. They have items made in the country they are in. Our malls are filled with corporate stores that have online sites with free shipping. Also, malls here have only stores that appeal to teeny-boppers and early twenty something's. It's not a mixed culture. Teeny Boppers and twenty something's don't have money or jobs for that matter. Lower the rents for MOM & POPS who can offer unique products & broaden the stores age group appeal. America is this big corporation where it's the same no matter where you go. It's greatness came from individuality. Corporations have taken this away from our culture. Corporations are boring and so are their malls!!!

Apr 2, 2013 2:32PM
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The Twin Cities Mall of America's retail sales have been dropping for years. To help the Mall of America the Twin Cities are spending millions of taxpatyers dollars building a light rail line from the ciity to the Mall. Now the shoplifters will steal the Mall blind.  they will have a cheap way of getting there and help the theft rate increase sky high.

Apr 1, 2013 8:20PM
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In Europe, many malls are already being repurposed as apartment complexs or sports complexes.

Apr 6, 2013 4:01AM
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Big mall in OKC has been mostly empty for years. No anchor stores and the federal government recently owned it for a long time. The latest news is that it will become a mall for the Hispanic community...Mexican Mall? They are patterning it after one in Texas. With the major drug and gang activity in OKC I think it will become a place that excludes the biggest part of the population and raise the crime rate exponentially in the area. OKC is a major crossroad for movement of drugs and people due to I-35 (runs from the Mexican border to the Canadian border) and I-40 (East coast to West coast) intersecting in downtown. Lots of major drug busts and usually tied to a cartel. This may be big at first but it will be run down, failing, and a blight in the area within 10 years. Why this is happening I cannot understand. There were people willing to develop the land and/or building for a major commercial endeavor but somehow there was always a problem somewhere that the investors would back out. Most often it was back taxes or a few politicians didn't want the building torn down. There was even some talk of one of the major colleges making it an education facility that would be in the city. I guess that wouldn't generate enough tax revenues.
Apr 6, 2013 6:38AM
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Perhaps I have become archaic in my advancing years, but I have never taken much of any joy in malls...too much and too little all at the same time.  I find on line shopping just my place of comfort and ease...no crowds, no sprawl that defies getting quickly from one place to another, and I don't have to even get out of my "Jammies".  These kinds of "malls" simply reflect the American obsession with STUFF...excess...egocentric indulgence.  As one other commentor touched on, I too am more concerned with the state of America than what's happening at the latest uber-mall.
Apr 6, 2013 4:14AM
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Malls will always be there, we need a place to walk off those burgers before finishing our shopping at Amazon.
Apr 2, 2013 9:31AM
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Awesome. I'm all in as long as I don't have to buy anything while I'm there.
Apr 6, 2013 6:40AM
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Gurnee Mills - 75% of the stores fronts are empty.

Apr 2, 2013 2:16PM
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For the most part, the income brackets from now on will probably be distinguished this way: Those that buy regularly from these malls and those that buy regularly from the box stores, outlets(if they really do have deals) as well as Target, Wal-Mart and the dollar stores(although I thought I saw a Caddy outside of our local Target last night).

 

Other than that, I'm honored that the King of Prussia complex ended up on this slideshow.

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