Troy, Michigan - circa 1970s
Ah, Oakland Mall. One of my regular childhood haunts! Never as cool and happening as my humble little #1 homebase mall, Universal City Mall (as it was called then, today it's just Universal Mall), but a close second. I really have lots of great memories of this place (Oakland Mall), especially the many midnight screenings of DAWN OF THE DEAD I took in at the mall's theater (Movies at Oakland ) throughout the early and mid '80s! Brother, that was living (dead)!
So here's a great shot above, of the mall's center court fountain area, at about 4:20 pm on some random day in the 1970s. Man, I sat around that fountain many, many times as a kid. This is also where Santa always sits, and all the mall's special events take place as well. They turn off the fountain (wouldn't it be funny if they didn't?) and throw a stage over it.
A few days ago (September 9) the mall's westside anchor, Marshall Field's (which was originally a Hudson's store, back in the good old days), officially became Macy's, (like everywhere else in the known and unknown universe). You can read about the Oakland Mall switchover here and here, and you can also check out Google News for as much as you'd ever want to read on the sweeping Macy's conversion story.
Note: Most online resources point to 1968 as Oakland Mall's original opening date, however, I've also found a couple compelling mentions that put it, instead, at 1965 (here's one), so now I'm not so positive about 1968. I'll contact Oakland directly and see if I can get a definitive answer soon.
Mall history: 1968(?) - present
Current website: here
Info from Wikipedia
Current aerial view
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