Looking back at Southtown Mall
March 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm Jon Swerens
(Jon) A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the Web site deadmalls.com, which chronicles the sad stories of decaying retail centers.
In this article, the featured mall is Fort Wayne’s own now-demolished Southtown Mall.
The commentary includes a short history submitted by a Fort Wayne resident and a kind of walking tour made by the Web site’s owner in 2001. You can also view a gallery of 25 photos taken in 2001 of Southtown Mall (Note: photos 26 through 33 are of a different mall).
You can also see many more exterior and interior photos of Southtown Mall in a photo gallrey at aroundfortwayne.com.
I find it amazing that such a spookily vacant mall was open to the public for such a long time after it was obviously dead. Whatever you think of Wal-Mart, it sure beats what it replaced.
I’ve heard Southtown was successful for the first half of its life. But was there anything about the mall that doomed it to fail?
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