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 whether it is to eat, shop, meet that important person, take a beer, go to the gym... these are the places that fill our cities with light, designe and fun... JOIN US!!

Meet the important malls in my city... MEDELLÍN - COLOMBIA

SANTA FE MALL

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MAYORCA MALL:

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LOS MOLINOS MALL:

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FALABELLA... DEPARTMENT MALL

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MY FAVORITE... THE TESORO TOWER MALL:

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The malls around me aren't that special.

But the best malls I would say are West Edmonton and the world's largest in Dubai (Dubai always has great stuff).

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I quite like the Chinook Mall in Calgary, Alberta. One of my favorite points is the front main entrance:

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Staying in Calgary still, is the Sunridge Mall. The outside looks rather uninspiring, but the inside has some interesting design choices, such as the roof:

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Another one of my favorites I've been to is the Ceasar's Palace Mall/Forum Shops in Las Vegas. Not somewhere very practical to go shopping, but serves moreso as a large tourist attraction.

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(For those who haven't been there, the sky in the second pic is actually a roof which mimics the current outdoor lighting)

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. . . specifically . . .SM mall of asia(3rd largest in the world), SM Megamall(6th), SM North Edsa (10th) and, SM City Cebu (11th). . . .hahahaha wheeeee! ! ! these are according to forbes.com. . .^_^

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The are many malls in my city ( Curitiba, Brazil) , i gonna show the nicest ones, those i go frequently :

1- Shopping Palladium Mall ( largest in south brazil)

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2- Shopping Estação Mall

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3- Park Shopping Barigui Mall

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4- Shopping Mueller Mall

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that's all folks !

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On Oahu, there are two noteworthy malls I used to requent, Ala Moana and Pearlridge.

<strong>Ala Moana Shopping Center</strong> is a gigantic open-air mall in downtown Honolulu just west of Waikiki.  Tourism in Hawai'i is all about shopping, and Ala Moana is sometimes claimed as the largest open-air mall in the world, and it is where many of the fashionable international designer boutiques are found.  Even great and venerable Japanese retailer Shirokiya still survives here as an anchor, long after having shuttered in Japan.  I guess we shouldn't be surprised...the tourist industry caters especially to Japanese, who now dominate the population and whose tourist tradition of travelling gifts keeps the retail souvenir engine moving.

Who doesn't find koi fascinating...

<a target="_blank" href=" alt="Koi at Ala Moana by snapsHI on Flickr" width="500" height="333" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5173116421_9241797544.jpg" /></a>

Attached to the 1950s shopping center is the <a target="_blank" href=" postcard - La Ronde Restaurant, Honolulu Moana Building</a>, an office building which boasted the LaRonde restaurant, the world's first revolving rooftop restaurant.  Lessons learned from its revolutionary design would be next employed by its archtiects on the Seattle Space Needle.

<a target="_blank" href=" ala moana alt="Ala Moana Aerial by justinls on Flickr" width="500" height="375" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/133/333322709_4b05769e4a.jpg" /></a>

<a target="_blank" href=" Ala Moana Mall, for Graig. alt="Ala Moana Mall by jongela0919 on Flickr" width="500" height="370" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4006/4288959096_8b0c340682.jpg" /></a>

<a target="_blank" href=" Ala Moana Mall alt="Ala Moana Mall by monk434 on Flickr" width="500" height="281" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3076/3148130737_51c8eeecd8.jpg" /></a>

<a target="_blank" href=" Performance at Ala Moana CenterStage alt="Ala Moana Centerstage by jdnx on Flickr" width="428" height="640" src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5244/5275644868_fddaa7880d_z.jpg" /></a>

Centerstage at Ala Moana has long been a popular public performance venue.

<strong>Pearlridge Shopping Center</strong> is Hawaii's largest indoor mall and it located just north of Pearl Harbor near Aiea.  Built in the early 1970s as a typical Brutalist-cubist fortress in two phases, it's claim to fame is a kitschy-yet-popular monorail connecting both sections that offers views looking south to Pearl Harbor and Ford Island.  Less tourist boutiques and more standard mall fare with Sears and JCPenney, but I remember Japanese supermarket grocer Daiei once had a anchor here with a floor seemingly devoted to Hello Kitty knick-knacks and stationery, while local big retailer Liberty House commanded the upper phase before it was bought out by Macy's and replaced by Montgomery Ward.  Beloved Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour is still here too, a last surviving remnant of a bygone childhood era for many Americans.

You can see the monorail arriving at its top floor in station on the lower phase:

<a target="_blank" href=" Up On The Roof sign, escalator and Skycab monorail - downtown Pearl Ridge Shopping Center alt="Upon On the Roof Skycab by kalihikahuna74 on Flickr" width="500" height="375" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3598/3634308719_b118fcf171.jpg" /></a>

"Pearlridge is shopping like it should be"...gosh, I still remember that commercial ditty!

After watching the train-disaster movie "Silver Streak," I always imagined spectacular accidents with the monorail crashing into the building and flying off its balcony into the lobby below.  Err, it's a little too slow for Hollywood:

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"Yay!  It's here, it's here!  ...Finallllly!"  How many of us kids there could relate when we demanded our parents take us aboard!  Few get to ride it downhill on the rickety inspection cart quite like this:

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Did I say 1970s...I'm amazed they still have and use these funkily awesome sculptures:

<a target="_blank" href=" Fishes at Sears - Boys or Girls Day alt="Fishes at Sears by kalihikahuna74 on Flickr" width="375" height="500" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3609/3635187822_d1973beae3.jpg" /></a>

Didn't we start off with koi?

Every mall has to have its feature, and back in Texas, we get the same...both the vast Galleria in Houston and the Galleria in Dallas boast ice skating rinks, so you can bundle up even when it is 100+ °F outside.

However, I am partial to an older building in San Antonio, Texas...

<strong>Rivercenter Mall</strong>, whose original building near the Alamo was the locally beloved Joske's department store, an Art Deco landmark.

<a target="_blank" href=" rivercenter mall alt="Rivercenter Mall by paul heaston on Flickr" width="500" height="375" src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3041/2700287431_ce0ccf8bf6.jpg" /></a>

At the southwest corner stands La Antorcha de la Amistad, the "Torch of Friendship," a gift from Mexico by sculptor Sebastián.

<a target="_blank" href=" alt="Rivercenter with Torch of Friendship by Jim | jld3 photgraphy on Flickr" width="500" height="332" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2421/3650795272_0c5b790823.jpg" /></a>

St. Joseph's Catholic Church ont he same block would not sell to Joske's, so flagship store expansions simply engulfed by the church into "St. Joske's."

<a target="_blank" href=" Commerce Street 2: "St. Joske's" alt="St. Joske's by KeithAlanK on Flickr" width="500" height="375" src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1317/538124257_e052c3b249.jpg" /></a>

Plans are to restore one wall of the building to its original 1880s <a target="_blank" href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/3/32/Joskespostcard2.jpg/800px-Joskespostcard2.jpg">red brick with white trim</a>, portions of which were found covered beneath the later Art Deco facade upgrades.

<a target="_blank" href=" Rivercenter Alley alt="Rivercenter Alley by jbdenham on Flickr" width="500" height="333" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4104/5005525233_9f87742e98.jpg" /></a>

At its peak, Joske's was the largest department store in Texas, boasting itself as "the biggest store in the biggest state," but the rise of the suburban mall led to the downfall of downtown retailing, and Joske's eventually was bought out by Dilliard's.  Sadly, the vast footage of the old building has yet to be fully utilized beyond the first two floors, though its bulk would be incorporated as part of the newly expanded Rivercenter Mall and Marriott hotel complex.  The Riverwalk was also expanded into lagoon and boat landing within the mall, becoming its signature feature after the Art Deco Joske's wing.

<a target="_blank" href=" Rivercenter Mall alt="Rivercenter Mall by Ray Horwath on Flickr" width="500" height="311" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2376/2328399282_877c8d2466.jpg" /></a>

<a target="_blank" href=" Rivercenter Mall San Antonio alt="Rivercenter Lagoon by Maralinga in WA on Flickr" width="500" height="347" src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4139/4763416736_34be76bcbd.jpg" /></a>

I'm not really a fan of the attached Marriott Rivercenter hotel, which is hulking in a post-modern, amatuerish way:

<a target="_blank" href=" alt="Marriott Rivercenter by Wil C. Fry on Flickr" width="333" height="500" src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1013/530180758_6b79725954.jpg" /></a>

Ah well, for kitsch we can always look to San Antonio's <strong>North Star Mall</strong>, whose claim to fame is an outdoor sculpture and local landmark by Texas funk artist Bob Wade boasted as the World's Largest Cowboy Boots:

<a target="_blank" href=" Boots alt="North Star Mall Boots by Satxvike on Flickr" width="500" height="333" src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/21/29501233_7422f54b76.jpg" /></a>

Okay, they are not the Galleria in Milan or Harrod's in London, but I hope all of these were still interesting.


  Edited by Odainsaker  

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Here are some pictures of the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, a typical 2/3 story mall. Nothing special.

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Overhead view

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Interior view

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Since Gottschalks had closed, Forever 21 has occupied that building

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Blancherstown Centre is a large mall on the outskirts of Dublin. It is the most visited Mall in the country and second largest.

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It has 180 Stores, 4 department stores, 3 retail parks, 9screen cinema and 20 restaurants and it also has the most concentrated number of Strabucks in Ireland with 7 stores.

It also has a 4star hotel and 2 major companies HQ's located next to it Quinn Insurence and Ebay..

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       ^^^                                                    ^^^                                                                                      ^^^^

   Ebay HQ                                  The Quinn tower                                                        The Crown Plaza hotel

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 I am a Lisbon citizen. That being said, I can say that in here, if there is something we have, that is malls. We have around 50 malls in the city, but most of them are micromalls. So because of that I'm only going to introduce the most important ones.

First of all, Colombo, between to neighbourhoods of Carnide and Benfica, and close to the traditional military school.

It is close to the main freeway in Lisbon (2ª Circular), and that makes it near all of the Metropolitan Area (the longest distance would be about 45 minutes from Setubal with traffic, but the usual distance is around 15 minutes).

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Also it is blose to both the Colégio Militar/Luz terminal (urban bus, suburban bus, coach, metro) and the Estádio da Luz, home of one of the top 3 teams in portuguese football (also my team), Sport Lisboa e Benfica. The images are respectively the bus terminal, and estadio da luz as seen from Colombo's front door

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Now in east Lisbon, in the Parque das Nações urbanization, we see the second most important mall of the city.

In an area built for the Expo 98, Centro Comercial Vasco da Gama is a well-integrated building, that lies next to the Oriente Station (Urban bus, suburban bus, metro, coach, suburban train, urban belt train and long-distance train), the most important terminal in Lisbon right now.

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Also I would like to include two more images:

First, here is the third mall in Lisbon, El Corte Inglés Lisboa. A spanish chain of department stores who opened a franchise here. It is quite succesful, even if expensive. It is located near the São Sebastião metro station, in the red and blue lines crossing.

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And now, the last two pictures from my local mall, Campo Pequeno, situated in the Avenidas Novas neighbourhood (Av.Republica). It was built in the 19th century as a bullfighting arena, and it was closed in the late 80's (not quite sure). It was reopened around 2007, and it has been turned into a mall (basement) and to a concert/bullfighting arena (ground level).

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So goodbye for now and I hope my reply was helpful

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Baneasa Shopping City from Bucharest, Romania

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AFI Palace Cotroceni from Bucharest, Romania

The Largest Mall from Romania and Eastern Europe

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here's to some of the malls round the corner were I live:

Europa-Galerie in Saarbrucken (bout half an hr west of Ramstein AFB)

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There's 2 more around but I cant find suitable pictures

Further, as home is where your heart is, here's 2 more:

Scottsdale Fashion Square

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Superstition Springs Center

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Newcastlefan, the Namco Fun centre isn't as good since they removed laser quaser.

One of my favourite Malls (or shopping centre) is Eldon Square in Newcastle

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The major shops in it are Fenwicks, Debanhams, John Lewis and quite a few others.

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This mall isn't really major or anything, its the Opry Mills Mall, in Nashville, TN.  It's claim o fame was that it was completely flooded in the great Flood a few years ago.

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