Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio opened in 1975 to great fanfare as the premier shopping destination for the surrounding community. The mall is gigantic and a complete world into itself that it makes no connection with the surrounding neighbourhood, except on the logistics and circulation levels which are planned to draw people in. Some of the daily activities in the neighbourhood are moved indoor to the mall which is not a genuine public space.
Take a moment to get off the beach and spend a day at Dadeland Mall At over 1.4 million square-feet, it’s home to Florida’s largest Macy’s with both a Macy’s Kids store and a Macy’s Home Gallery, making it a popular destination for furniture shopping.
If you are a rich traveler, this is where I would advise you to go. No 2 is the Main Station Area (located between Shing Kong Life Tower , Taipei Main Station and Zhongshan MRT Station ). This is the old shopping mall district from the early 1990s and features several underground malls, which makes is great for shopping during rainy days.
The booming of the shopping malls in the urban centre not only speeded up the fall of the department stores but also turned the surrounding area of the malls into sites of consumption or consumption-oriented space, starting the ‘mallification’ of Hong Kong.
The decline of the department stores and the rise of the shopping malls in Hong Kong are the complex amalgamating results of many interweaving factors like the changes in the consumer culture, economy, planning, urban development, government policies and many other events throughout the history of the city.