Prof. Dunham-Jones discusses dying malls and the resulting opportunity for diverse development

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Only about one third of American malls are doing well, and the dead and dying ones are leaving behind huge concrete carcasses, says Steve Inskeep of NPR. Development efforts vary, but these failed malls are becoming new office spaces, medical centers, churches, schools and universities, civic functions, and walk-able, mixed-use developments. “One example is Belmar - it's in Lakewood, Colorado, just outside of Denver - and it used to be the Villa Italia Mall, a very large, regional mall on a 100 acre just single superblock site. Today it's 22 blocks of walk-able, urban streets that connect up with the neighboring streets,” says professor Dunham-Jones. “It's often referred to as new urbanism. Is the sort of the movement that has been driving a lot of this because it makes so much sense from an economic point of view, certainly from a sort of sustainability and environment point of view, from a social sort of building more opportunities for people to get together.”

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development, gen-y, malls, Mixed-use, new urbanism, NPR, suburb, urban design
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  • Created On: Sep 12, 2014 - 6:23am
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