Troy, Michigan - circa early '70s
Now called The Somerset Collection (which I hate), this is an upscale hoity-toity mall right in my own backyard. In fact, I'm near it almost every day--though I can't afford to shop there. Heh.
Somerset actually has quite an interesting layout nowadays, though, consisting of two actual malls sitting seperately across the street from one another on the North and South sides of Big Beaver Road, and connected to each other (to form The Somerset Collection) by an elevated, moving sidewalk in a tunnel, called The Skywalk. So it's two malls for the price of one here! And they tout this "Skywalk" as something pretty special, too:
"The Skywalk — Spanning Big Beaver Road and integrating the twin centers is a 700-foot, enclosed, climate-controlled Skywalk. One of the first skywalks of its kind in the country, the bridge features a moving sidewalk to move shoppers between Somerset Collection South and Somerset Collection North, enabling them to conveniently shop the entire center in a single trip."Just like in The Jetsons! And I do have to admit, it is kind of cool in person. You can actually see the Skywalk connecting the North and South malls in the aerial I link to below.
Anyway, there's no doubt this is really a beautiful looking mall (check out their Virtual Tour page), but it's certainly not "retro" looking at all anymore. It's all modern-day gloss and High Class sheen now. It always was actually, but then of course, in the 1970s the idea of "high class" wasn't what it is today, so now the old Somerset High Class looks cool! :)
Mall history: 1969 - present
Current website: here
Info from Wikipedia
Current aerial view
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