Friday, November 17, 2006

The Daily Mall Reader

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Pioneering shopping mall marks a faded 50th

Detroit Free Press - March 22, 2004

(Excerpt) Detroit's population was at its peak of 2 million, the suburbs were becoming home for thousands, and women still shopped wearing fitted dresses with gloves, hats and pointy-toed stilettos.

In 1954, Ford Motor Co. introduced the Thunderbird, and General Motors Corp. rolled out the Corvette. Dean Martin's "That's Amore" and Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll" streamed from car radios.

And in Southfield, retail history was made.

Northland Center turns 50 today. The mall rose to prominence when it became the nation's first regional shopping center. What now seems a common sight -- an island of boxy buildings surrounded by oceans of parking spaces -- pioneered at 8 Mile and Greenfield.

Read the full article here.


Blogger Cora said...

Sounds like yet another case of customer racism: black people shop there, so white people don't.

One thing that always confuses me about US malls is the importance of national chains. Here in Germany, having mainly chain stores in a mall or shopping district is a bad thing, because it means that the mall/shopping district is just the same as any other. Whereas having a lot individual local retailers is usually considered a good thing, because it gives a mall/shopping district a unique flavour. Which is why I find it strange that it seems to be exactly the other way around in the US.

Fri Nov 17, 06:11:00 PM  

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