TLW's Mallscope™ (Shopping Mall Historyscope)

By T.L. Winslow (TLW), the Historyscoper™

© Copyright by T.L. Winslow. All Rights Reserved.

Original Pub. Date: Feb. 4, 2016. Last Update: Oct. 12, 2016.

Mall of America, 1992

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What Is A Historyscope?

Westerners are not only known as history ignoramuses, but double dumbass history ignoramuses when it comes to shopping mall history. Since I'm the one-and-only Historyscoper (tm), let me quickly bring you up to speed before you dive into my Master Historyscope.

The Shopping mall (center) is a North Am. invention, possible only because of the great middle class and its highly mobile consumer society; it pretty much defines what it means to be an American, although in recent years globalization makes it one of the top items to clone to prove they're rising out of poverty; before that the British, French et al. had shopping arcades.

About 1200 Chester Rows in Chester, Cheshire, England is established, consisting of first floor covered walkways leading to shop entrances, becoming the oldest continuously-occupied shopping mall on Earth.

Jesse Clyde Nichols (1880-1950)

In the 1920s Country Club Plaza, the first suburban shopping center in the U.S. is developed in Kansas City, Mo. by Jesse Clyde "J.C." Nichols (1880-1950), who foresaw a nation on wheels - goodbye round plate, hello square plate?

On Oct. 4, 1951 Shopper's World in Framingham, Mass. opens, becoming one of the first shopping malls in the U.S.

Mall of America, 1992

On Aug. 11, 1992 the 4.2M sq. ft. Mall of America, AKA the Megamall in Bloomington, Minn. opens, becoming the biggest shopping mall in the U.S. (until ?).

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