Where was the first climate-controlled indoor mall in the U.S.?
Newark, New Jersey
Los Angeles, California
Shopping malls might be as American as apple pie and Ford trucks, but the malls we’re familiar with today are a relatively modern invention. The first fully enclosed, the air-conditioned indoor shopping center was the Southdale Center, which opened in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina,
Minnesota, in 1956. It featured two floors with 72 stores, two larger department stores, a food court, a gaming arcade, and 5,000 parking spaces. The mall was designed by Victor Gruen, with the intent of building a cultural center that would break up the suburban sprawl of post-
World War II America. Little did he know, the mall later became synonymous with suburban sprawl, and the Southdale Center laid the groundwork for the thousands of new malls that popped up throughout the U.S. in the years following.
Answer: The correct answer is Edina, Minnesota