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Mall of America

Missing anchor a drag for Mall of America

Substantially empty for almost three years, the old Bloomingdale’s space shows the challenges malls face as department stores founder.

The life and death of malls

In the Fifties, the first malls promised a new and better future. But what had once been a socialist’s dream became capitalism’s triumph — and ultimately, one of its biggest failures.