While recently updating our existing
MONMOUTH CENTER article, my research
revealed some very interesting commentary
from way back in 1975.

A 12-page spread in the Shrewsbury (NJ) Daily Register
commemorated the grand re-opening of the newly-renovated mall.
I found the following quotes therein, which, 
when viewed against the backdrop of today's "mall is a 4-letter word
mentality, seem incredibly ironic.

In the first, Mr. Robert D. Halsey, 
Director of the Monmouth County Planning Board, says
(quote) "The Monmouth Shopping Center was built as an open mall, 
and it quickly became an antique" (unquote)

The article goes on to say that 
(quote) "The change over to the enclosed, climate-controlled mall was
necessary to meet demands of increasingly sophisticated shoppers" (unquote)

Interesting, huh? 
Surely we are well aware of the shopping center industry 
and its collective zeal to promote the

against the beleaguered   

Still, all of this balderdash
about the complete and utter "death of the mall" 
-and resultant triumph of the trendy, open-air
power plaza or lifestyle center-
gets to be a bit much...especially after nearly 30 years!

What will they be saying in 5 or 10 years, when 
-with an over abundance of power and lifestyle centers- 
this fad begins to falter?

How many "obsolete" enclosed malls can be converted to open-air before 
(as in the case of the malls themselves)
the market gets oversaturated with the "new & improved" open-air centers
and they, themselves, begin to empty out and decay? 

("New & Improved" graphic from Once Blind Studios) 


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Pseudo3D said...

If DeadMalls.com is correct, the first Wal-Mart was in 1977, at North Town Mall (http://deadmalls.com/malls/north_town_mall.html), though I think the square footage is off (8000 square feet?)

That would predate Manor East's Wal-Mart by five years and de-throne it...

The Curator said...


Yes, the key word here is "if"....

I hate to have to say it...but I have found that a lot of the info on that site is not exactly accurate...especially in regard to date/year details.

Yes, there has been (and is, no doubt) inaccurate info on this site. However, I do research things to the best of my ability and -if something is proven to be inaccurate- I do go back in and correct.

The mall in question was apparently opened in 1977...but was the anchor a WalMart that far back? It might have originally been something else (as has been the case with umpteen other "WalMart Malls).

If I could see a vintage newspaper write up about Northtown Mall, Springfield, MO, that would confirm the existence of a mall-based WalMart pre-1980, I would be more than glad to rectify here.


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The Curator said...

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The Curator said...

Wed Aug 26, 08:10:00 AM GMT-5

jonah norason (pseudo3d) said...

I know this would probably take a HUGE amount of work, but why not trash the "archives" and have direct-clickable things on the "blog header" (which will constantly change dates to remain on top of the page). So instead of looking up the "163rd Street Center" to tell me to go to November 2007 (which is probably unintuitive in itself, because it later changed names), I scroll down on the list to go to FLORIDA, find the Miami-Dade malls, and click on a nice shiny hyperlink that says "The Mall at 163rd Street". I go to the page immediately. You could put a link tab to go to this page, but it strips out a good part of the article, because the other components (renderings, site plans, photos, Burdines) compose no less than 10 more blog posts! Yes, I know Blogger doesn't let you add more than five-odd photos to a post, but an outside host (Flickr or something) would do that trick. So, yeah, it would take a lot of work to do something like that. But it was just an idea I had. It's a cool site none the less.

The Curator said...


You might need to elucidate a bit...I'm lost, hee hee.

It was recommended, by a fellow mall blogger, to add "tags" to each of the entries here (something I obviously haven't done). He sez that it would make finding things easier...I dunno.

I do know that (apparently) retro-ing in "tags" would be an incredibly laborious task (each of the 2,000+ postings would have to be "fixed" manually...this would take foreover and a day and then some.....).

If there was some way to go in and add them EASILY and quickly, I would do it.

I think that, by adding AT LEAST a few "clickable" features here (all that the format will allow, apparently)...I have now reached the limit of what can easily be done to improve access.

If a lot of work were to be involved with any other type of "renovation", I believe it would be best to simply move EVERYTHING to a bona fide website-domain.

However, I do not know anything about web design and HTML codes and all that......so I suppose this "ain't" gonna happen.

If there were some EASY way to build a site, (and not some super-basic "AOL Hometown"-type deal) I wouldn't mind redoing everything here into a new, tee-totally clickable, format.

So...I guess things will remain as they are. With something like 55,400 pageloads (since an info gathering tool was first put into service July 13)....I must be doing something right (if very, very ineptly).

I wish I knew more about web design, for sure.......


Anonymous said...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE! Do not refer to San Francisco as "San Fran"; it's disrespectful. It's like referring to New York as "New Yor" or Los Angeles as "Los Ang". Please do a search and replace of all "San Fran" references. Thank you.

--David Kaye

The Curator said...


I guess i shouldn't say this...but would you San Fransciscans rather we (meaning everybody else) say "Frisco"?

I know that this is EXTREMELY frowned upon out there in the Bay Area...so I decided to phrase it "San Fran".

So, this -too- is unacceptable?

I don't know what else to say.....