The original Charlottetown Mall (first enclosed mall in the Carolinas) eventually became Midtown Square (and before that I read that it was also called Outlet Square for a time), and according to articles online, Midtown is now dead and the site is being completely redeveloped, to make way for the "Metropolitan" Midtown project, a $100 million mixed-use urban development. See the resource links below for more on the project.
But back to happier times. The photo above shows the interior of the mall in the summer of '61. I did a lot of tonal/contrast editing to the original photo, as it was much too dark and blurry to see anything before. Now you can see some cool rocketship-shaped birdcages just beyond the mom and kid near the middle of the photo, as well as what appears to be an eatery of some kind on the right side--the mall did have an S&W Cafeteria originally so maybe that's what this is? It also included an Eckerd Drug Store, Colonial supermarket, and two major department stores when it first opened in 1959.
From the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission:
"In the Queen City, Charlottetown Mall’s opening day was October 28, 1959. One of the earliest regional malls in the nation, and the first mall in the South, it originally featured birdcages, waterfalls and pools, skylights, tropical plants, fish, and flowers. Unlike later malls, Charlottetown’s second floor was reserved for offices, whose tenants included life insurance companies, an Avondale Mills office, and Harris Crane, Inc. Also on the second floor was an auditorium."You can see some of those second floor offices in this photo. Pretty interesting to see the two co-existing like that, so clearly delineated in the mall! Kind of odd looking, too, the more you sit and look at it.
Edit: Added James Rouse as Developer, to data below.
Mall history: 1959 - 1990s? (dead)
Developer: James W. Rouse
Current website: n/a
Current aerial view n/a
Resource links: 1, 2, 3, 4
Previous entries: none
(Study image courtesy of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County)