Evolving Mall Designs NPR's Greg Allen reports that shopping mall developers are now taking a page from the open-air centers and homey main streets they once nearly put out of business. Malls are facing tough competition from big box retailers. So they're striving to create "quality of place" by opening up the roof, and adding coffee shops and outdoor benches.

Evolving Mall Designs

Evolving Mall Designs

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NPR's Greg Allen reports that shopping mall developers are now taking a page from the open-air centers and homey main streets they once nearly put out of business. Malls are facing tough competition from big box retailers. So they're striving to create "quality of place" by opening up the roof, and adding coffee shops and outdoor benches.