In this report, I look at the role and formation of "destination" retail such as malls, lifestyle centers, and mixed use developments. Looking at the history and current role they play today, I catalogue the transformation from department store outpost to regional mall to use-specific facilities. I also examine the roles that shopping centers and the like can shape a neighborhood and be tailor-made to reflect the specific place-based aspects of their target community and market.

This paper was written at the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Professor Eugenie L. Birch in the Department of City Planning, Fall 2010.

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