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Signs of Life at Dead Malls

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Next month, developers are set to break ground on a 700,000-square-foot "lifestyle center" in Manteca, way east of the Bay Area in California. And another 1.2-million-square-foot "lifestyle center" is underway in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert. They're not called malls anymore, they're lifestyle centers. But there are some lifestyle centers where it's hard to find any signs of life. One of the biggest aging malls in the country is Randall Park, just outside Cleveland, Ohio. The question for the community there is what to do with it. Reporter Mhari Saito tells us about her weekend at the dead mall.

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One lifestyle center that's doing much better than Randall Park is Providence Place in Providence, R.I. It features an IMAX theater and the usual collection of mall shops like Pottery Barn and J. Crew. And until last week it also featured something mall management didn't know about: a secret hang-out spot for a handful of area artists. We hear from one of them, Michael J. Townsend, who's now banned from the mall forever.

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  • By Carol Carol

    05/07/2009

    I think they should take a dead-mall and restock it... and then film a movie in it. Perhaps a big car-chase scene.

    Wait! The Blues Brothers!

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