Vintage photos of lost Shopping Malls of the '50s, '60s & '70s
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posted by Keith @ 12/05/2005
Doesn't seem to look much different than it did in 1999!
No it doesn't. Looking at your pic, anonymous, then looking at the blog posting, the only major difference I see is the indecescant globes are gone.That feature, and also fountains, seem to be disappearing from malls every year, since they're the most energy consuming. A shame really, since I find those sort of little details which set apart the older design of malls from the current trends.
Inland Center opened in teh 60's in South San Bernadino. Opening the mall were Sears, The Broadway, and May Company. Also, I beleive Newberrys was located on a lower level next to May Company.The first change to the mall came in the early 90's when May Company closed this store. This started to make the mall a little dead. Newberrys pulled out and the bottom level arcade closed as well, leaving nothing down there. Today, there is nothign down there still.Shortly after closing, Gottschalks moved into the old May Co store. In the late 90's, Macys bought out the Broadway and converted this store (barely) to a Macys.Inland Center was remodeled in the late 90's with this came a new Robinsons-May wing and store. Odd that the chain, which left in the early 90's came back.Today, the mall is healthy, and going good. Macys is to close their store here in 2006 and rumor has it, a theatre may take its place.
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