enclosed mall had a short lifespan. It was only in existence
between 1974 and 1986. The current strip plaza seen here
was dedicated in 1987.
Lower Roswell and Johnson Ferry Roads
If one lived in -or around- Altanta during the 1970s and 1980s, and blinked, they might have missed this shopping hub entirely. PARKAIRE MALL was built on an 18 acre site, formerly the Parkaire Field airport. The land parcel was 15 miles north of Atlanta's Five Points, in unincorporated Cobb County.
The center's stores were built in a circle surrounding an indoor ice rink. The structure consisted of a single level, with a mezzanine floor on its east end. This housed a restaurant -overlooking the ice rink- and leased office spaces. The complex housed approximately 142,900 square feet and opened in the spring of 1974.
PARKAIRE MALL was razed in 1986 and replaced with the PARKAIRE LANDING strip center, completed in 1987. As with the preceding shopping center, PARKAIRE LANDING is anchored by a Kroger, this new store encompassing 58,800 square feet. There is also a freestanding ice rink -the Marietta Ice Center- on the premises, but the complex does not feature a cinema.
LOST MALL MUSINGS
The landscape of the ever-expanding Atlanta metro has been the site of twenty-six shopping malls, since the first one opened in the region in August 1959. To refer to present-day Atlanta as "overmalled" would be making a substantial understatement.
This fervor to develop and over develop has earned the city the reputation as one of the nation's most deforested places. They used to say "Atlanta....a city grew amongst the trees". Well, one never hears this cliche' any more.....because it would be absurd to say it with any conviction.
Most of the trees are now gone. In their place are hundreds of monster monoliths; high rise offices, banks, hotels, condominiums and one mixed-use development and stretch mall after another. Back in the 1980s, Atlanta was derisively-described as a bunch of shopping malls connected by traffic jams. I think that the person who came up with this description was stuck in a traffic tie-up back in 1988 and may still be sitting there.
The larger (newer) development upon the smaller (older) development mentality might have resulted in the aforementioned PARKAIRE MALL only lasting for 12 short years. However, this was not the only Atlanta shopping center to fall to enforced obsolesence.
Does anybody recall downtown's RIO MALL? This was a really neat, 120,000 square foot, open-air deal. It won prestigious awards for its design and landscaping in 1989.......but bit the dust after only 11 years [for more details, click on the ATLANTA'S RIO SHOPPING CENTER link at http://shoppingmallmuseum.blogspot.com ] .They say that nothing stays the same.
In Atlanta, nothing ever stays.
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http://www.cinematreasures.com/ /"Cobb Center Cinema" & "Parkaire Twin" articles / articles and comments by Raymond Stewart, Stan Malone, and Jack Coursey
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