Topless malls, or lifestyle centers, tower over development trends
I like the idea of eliminating the box store/restuarant in the parking lot.Because all stores can be entered from the parking lots, these topless malls satisfy busy shoppers' desire to run in and out.
And by combining upscale grocery stores, movie theaters and restaurants — tenants once usually banished to mall parking lots or their own strip malls
The centers have proved so popular that some leading mall developers vow they'll never build an enclosed mall again. Of the 10 large regional shopping centers scheduled to open from 2006 to 2008, only one has a roof.
But the development trend is clearly toward building outdoor shopping areas and adding lifestyle sections to existing enclosed malls.
Despite their popularity, one of the complaints about malls is that they've destroyed many downtown shopping areas and reduced the sense of community. The new-style town centers solve those problems and more.
Interesting list of where they are at: http://www.usatoday.com/money/indust...e-master_x.htm
Does your fair city have one of these ?
or as the print article stated -After reading the article, I am still at loss as to how this is new or different,Builders, retailers aim for atmosphere of an old-fashioned downtown
other than improving the tenent mix or
a fancy strip/square center ?