BROOKDALE MALL: BROOKLYN CENTER, MN
Dan Faltesek's Commentary
Posted September 12, 2010 (user submitted)
Brookdale center was initially developed by the Dayton Hudson company shortly after Southdale, opening in 1962. The Mall featured wide corridors, and only had one level in contrast to the other malls developed from the Gruen model. Brookdale also differed from its counterparts in the Twin Cities area, as the area around the mall was substantially less well to do than the areas around Rosedale, Ridgedale, and especially Southdale.
At its peak, Brookdale had three anchors and over seventy other stores. A wing build in the early aughts brought a fourth anchor position and a food court. In 2004, Brookdale lost its first anchor. Within five years, there was near total attrition from the location. In April 2010, the mall was closed to the public. Causes of the closing include: the graying of the community, changing traffic patterns caused by new roads, the opening of new shopping centers, and the struggles of maintaining a public space.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/marje/sets/72157624490320816/ - Flickr photoset from user "Marje"
http://dumpystripmalls.com/2008/08/28/brookdale-mall-brooklyn-center-mn/ - Feature on dumpystripmalls.com