White Flint Mall has been in the news recently and we wanted to highlight some of these articles.
As of January 4th, Lord & Taylor is the only store open in White Flint Mall. The mall property will be redeveloped into a mixed-use space, adding to the walkable street grid of the Pike District.
An article from the Huffington Post last week discussed the mall and one reporter’s nostalgia of growing up going to White Flint Mall. The reporter mentioned that she spent her childhood visiting the mall and is having trouble getting over the fact that mall will be closing some day soon. Both Amy and I have the similar feelings of nostalgia around this mall. Personally, I grew up visiting the mall to buy books, to eat, and to even go to my dentist.
An article in the New York Times also focused on dying malls across the U.S. There is a popular website www.deadmalls.com that provides pictures of dying malls. One of the malls this article highlighted was White Flint Mall. This article focused on the types of malls that are closing. One individual mentioned in the article said that “There are B and C malls in tertiary markets that are dinosaurs and will likely die,” but “A malls are doing well.”
White Flint Mall, however, was always known as an upscale A mall, bringing the one of the first Bloomingdale’s to the area in 1977. So to say A malls are “living,” is not the whole truth. As Amy Ginsburg mentioned in the Huffington Post article “the gradual decline of malls speaks to a desire to reclaim an older way of life,” where a walkable community is focused around a street grid that provides space to live, work, and play. As more planners and developers across the U.S. learn to use smart land-use strategies, we will continue to see malls close.