'Lifestyle Centers' Make Shopping Fashionable

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Marcia Bannach, director of planning for the town of South Windsor, stands outside the Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, Conn. Jim Zarroli, NPR hide caption

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Marcia Bannach, director of planning for the town of South Windsor, stands outside the Shops at Evergreen Walk in South Windsor, Conn.

Jim Zarroli, NPR

The fast-growing suburb of South Windsor, Conn., has a problem. It has lots of big highways and subdivisions, but no "town center." So South Windsor is creating one by building a "lifestyle center," a kind of latter-day shopping center that's become very popular with architects and designers.

Gone are big anchor stores, enormous parking lots and food courts. In their place are smaller stores, walkable streets, fountains and sidewalks.

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