Now that I’ve finally gotten my computer repaired (and my hard drive replaced), I can prepare American Dirt for a variety of great new posts. But my latest is in a format new to me: the podcast.
I met with Aaron Renn over at The Urbanophile last week, where we had an extensive conversation about dead or dying malls. I’ve set it numerous times on this blog: the mall is no longer the ironclad retail typology that it once was. What I’ve hinted at less often is the tough reality: there does not seem to be a clear successor or replacement for the mall. Lifestyle centers, category killers, power centers, new town centers, festival marketplaces, factory outlets….none of them are a silver bullet, and some of them have failed as well.
In this brief interview, Aaron asks me about a few examples where malls in urban centers seem to be working. There aren’t many. In the course of the ten days since our interview, Indianapolis’ Circle Centre Mall (once the downtown’s mainstay) has lost multiple new tenants; the latest appears to be the long-struggling Abercrombie and Fitch brand. Fortunately, I also offer a variety of solutions in the podcast. Please listen in, and, as always, comments are welcomed. I will respond!