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NEW YORK CITY—Mark Twain once commented that reports of his death are premature and the same can be said of shopping malls in the US. The mall, which is an American post World War Two phenomenon, has been moribund in this millennium with construction falling from 25 million gross square feet in 2001 to less than four million gross square feet annually for the last few years.  This reduction is less a sign of the demise of malls, than a transition and part of a metamorphosis into what could be called the Mall Plus.


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