13 Jun '11, 1pm

Can this dead suburban mall be transformed into something better? It's complicated.

Can this dead suburban mall be transformed into something better? It's complicated.

The mall has also been pretty much of a disaster economically. The region didn’t grow in a way to support a large shopping center in that part of St. Louis County. Restrictions eventually and rightfully imposed because of issues related to fragile karst topography and potential flooding prevented some nearby development, depriving the mall of potential customers. The Missouri River just to the north of the site created an access barrier, and a competing mall opened up on the other side. As a result, today the vast impervious parking lots of Jamestown Mall sit mostly empty, the stores inside either abandoned by retailers or greeting few customers. What housing there is nearby is scattered and decidedly low-density.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/can_this_dead...

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