“Brick-and-mortar retail was in the midst of seismic changes even before the pandemic. Analysts say as much as a quarter of America’s malls may close in the next five years.” With Department Stores Disappearing, Malls Could Be Next.

+ Will malls disappear, or will they become something different? “At the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, a suburb north of Seattle, an adaptive reuse project already in progress suggests that America’s vast stock of fading shopping infrastructure could indeed get a second life as places to live. Such transformation could even bring malls closer to the ‘village square’ concept they were initially envisioned to become.” CityLab: The Dying Mall’s New Lease on Life: Apartments. (After having my ideas, jokes, and opinions eye-rolled away for years, I can’t wait to tell my daughter we’re moving to the mall.)