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Meet Me by the Fountain: An Inside History of the Mall

by Alexandra Lange Author

Ah, the mall. A commercial and social space iconic to American culture, the mall and its fall loom over the communities that hold the ghosts of these giant retail entities, following the boom of e-commerce. Alexandra Lange documents this history and origins of the institution, starting in the 50s, and leads us through the escalators of that time since. From the ways in which it has remained a constant, Lange paints portraits of a space that extends beyond consumerism and held community. But has the mall actually had its fall? Lange explores this by presenting examples of efforts to reinvent the space whose final destination has yet to be fully known. 

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