Troy, Michigan - circa late '60s
Here's a great old postcard aerial view of Oakland Mall, in suburban Detroit (one of my own local childhood malls that I just recently talked about). The original (and still there) Sears anchor is at the East end of the mall (off of John R Road), and the 1968 Hudson's anchor addition (now Macy's) is holding down the West end, along I-75.
Also of particular note (especially if you grew up with this mall), is the mall's classic original sign visible in this picture (I do have better shots of it for future use)! Living right around this area, you couldn't help but see this glorious, towering sign all the time. I remember as a really small child being a little frightened of it, in fact, it was so huge and monstrous to me then!
As our family rambled into the sprawling parking lot in our Chevy station wagon (we always had Chevy station wagon's--needed 'em for trips Up North and to the drive-in), and passed this sign, I would always gaze up at it and secretly liken it to Godzilla or King Kong. It looked that big to me.
I also remember the pigeons loved it, too. Always tons of them up inside it! Of course, this wonderful sign is long gone now, replaced back in the '90s I believe it was, with a smaller, sleeker, much more modern version. In other words, totally boring and lacking all of the majestic character of the original.
Now all the pigeons have to nest across the road, on top of the flat and boring Barnes & Noble roof, in the Oakland Plaza strip mall. Poor pigeons.
Mall history: 1965 - present
Current website: here
Info from Wikipedia
Current aerial view
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