Also, note related article on the Atlantic Cities: The Death of the American Shopping Mall
Surfing the web I found this interesting website, Dead Malls, by three historians that have documented the death of retail malls in the US for over 10 years. They provide many links from numerous contributors featuring malls all over the US.
The website and article recalled two quotes:
"In consumer capitalism, the working classes abandon the union hall for the shopping mall and celebrate the system that fuels the desires that it ultimately cannot satisfy."
"To expand the domain of shopping and profit, advertisers are already creating new malls in cyberspace that will provide virtual shopping environments of the most exotic kind to parade an unbelievable surfeit of products. Indeed, corporations are currently establishing Web sites on the Internet which offer all sorts of visual spectacles in order to entice customers to buy their goods and provide consumer profile information for future advertising and commercial ventures."