when i was younger and my cousins visited suburban central jersey, the only thing to do was go to the mall. it still is. while my local mall has managed to survive – including by building a miniature “downtown” style shopping area adjacent to the main building – many malls around the country have died. in fact, the latest season of Stranger things was filmed inside a dead mall. but i’m more interested in how they are repurposed or transformed. since i love seattle, the northgate mall – one of the first in the country – is being transformed into a TOD and the as yet to be named seattle nhl team will build their training center their (there is a whole other post about the placement of sports training centers in relation to their stadia and their home city).