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date: 23 May 2024

Shopping Centers and Malls. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Karal Ann MarlingKaral Ann Marling

Modern shopping centers are responses to automobility. As the old pedestrian downtown yielded in the 1920s to the demands of impatient drivers seeking quick access to merchandise, strips of shops began to open adjacent to curbside parking slots. By the mid-1920s this new relationship between car and store had made leisurely strolling a kind of luxury item in its own right. On the suburban fringes of ... ...

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