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Stacy Mitchell Discusses the Decline of Shopping Malls

| Written by Stacy Mitchell | No Comments | Updated on Jul 24, 2009 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at

Michael Krasny’s Forum program on KQED, the NPR affiliate in Northern California, featured ILSR’s Stacy Mitchell in a panel discussion titled: The Decline of Shopping Malls.  Show description:

Sacramento’s long-troubled Downtown Plaza is reeling from the recession, mirroring the decline of shopping malls across the country. As part of our “Facing Hard Times” series, we look at what dead or struggling shopping centers mean for local economies — and for America’s mall culture.


  • Helene Klodawsky, producer of the film “Malls R Us,” a new documentary on the popular culture, architecture, politics and
    economics of malls
  • Mary Lynne Vellinga, business editor for the Sacramento Bee
  • Stacy Mitchell, senior researcher at the New Rules Project and author of “Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses”
  • William Coyle, managing director of the Sacramento and Roseville offices of Colliers International, a full service commercial retail firm

Listen to the show.


About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and directs its Community-Scaled Economy Initiative, which produces research and analysis, and partners with a range of allies to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen community-rooted enterprise.  She is the author of Big-Box Swindle and also produces a popular monthly newsletter, the Hometown Advantage Bulletin.  Connect with her on twitter and catch her TEDx Talk: Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy. More

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