Wikipedia:WikiProject Shopping Centers

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WikiProject Shopping Centers, formerly WikiProject Dead Malls, is a project to better organise information in articles related to shopping centers. This page and its subpages contain their suggestions; it is hoped that this project will help to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. If you would like to help, please inquire on the talk page and see the to-do list there.

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Scope[edit]

WikiProject Shopping Centers exists to better coordinate efforts to enlarge and improve Wikipedia's coverage of notable shopping centers. Specifically, it deals with all articles relating to indoor shopping malls, outdoor shopping centers, and also dead malls.

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Essays[edit]

Related WikiProjects[edit]

How you can help[edit]

To build the community:

  • Join this project by adding your name to the list below.
  • Add this page to your watchlist, and keep up with what needs doing.

To identify and improve shopping center pages:

  • Locate pages that need attention, then add them to the list below.
  • Have a go at editing a page from the list below.
  • To provide guidelines for writing about dead malls.

Join in the discussion

Articles to Improve[edit]

  • Hey Y'all!! Just created one and updated another. The Mall at Westlake needs some more research done. The Birmingham News has an online archive that I searched that has plenty of articles but I don't have the money to pay for them. It's an old mall that had a significant impact on West Jefferson county during the 70s. If anybody has info or old pictures, please contrib! Southlake Mall in Atlanta was recently foreclosed on. I updated but it still needs some more research on its future.Taylor2646 (talk) 22:00, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
  • Everett Mall This article just got a big history write up but it still needs copy-editing, grammar and a thesaurus! Who wants a crack at it! Publichall (talk)
  • List of shopping malls in the United States needs to have several articles created for 'no links' and to replace 'directly external' links.
  • Carrefour de l'Estrie to differentiate it from Carrefour Laval (sadly, the French confounds me, and adds to my faulty(?) searching)
Neither are great articles, both consisting mostly of tenant lists, so there is no doubt that they need improvement. But when you speak of differentiation, what do you mean? One mall is in Sherbrooke, the other in Laval, almost 200 km from one another. The articles do clearly state the locations. Skeezix1000 (talk) 17:10, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Participants[edit]

Structure[edit]

Articles about individual malls, especially defunct ones, should take a look primarily at the mall's history. Most reasonable people would not build a retail center like a shopping mall intending for it to fail. Thus the guiding question on these kinds of articles is, "What brought this facility to the state it is in today?"

A few points worth including when writing or refining an article on a shopping mall if sources can be found:

  • Planning - What was there before? Why did the design take on the attributes it did?
  • Construction - How long did it take to build? Any problems?
  • Opening - What was the grand opening like?
  • Ownership - Who owned/owns it? Were there any changes in ownership?
  • Stores - What stores were in the mall when it opened? What about later years? What anchor or other noteworthy stores are in the mall now? See Wikipedia:WikiProject Shopping Centers/Anchors and tenants for more details.
  • Renovations - Was the mall ever renovated? When? How many times was it renovated? What was changed? Does a source state why the mall was renovated?

If the mall is a dead mall, the following may also be taken into consideration:

  • Decline - What factors caused stores to leave the mall? Was it a single event, or a series of events? Was the cause local (e.g. crime in the area, better shopping elsewhere in the town), or outside the local area (e.g. corporate decisions to close stores, especially when an anchor store is closed).
  • Closure - When did the mall close (if applicable)? What caused the plug to finally be pulled on this mall? Which stores were the last to leave? Did any stores remain open after the mall itself closed?
  • Disposition - What happened to the mall following its closure? Was it demolished? What replaced it? Does it remain standing and abandoned? Was the mall converted for other non-retail uses?

Ideally, such information should be listed in chronological order.

Pages covered by this project[edit]

Articles covered by this project are sorted and rated according to quality. See Wikipedia:WikiProject Shopping Centers/Assessment for more information about the rating next to the article titles.

Note: Outdated list has been removed for now.

Adopt an article[edit]

Similar to the Collaboration of the week, but on a smaller scale, you might want to "adopt" an article. This would involve doing the research, writing, and picture-taking (if possible) for either a non-existent article or a stub. Of course, everyone else can still edit an adopted article, and you can work on other things too, but the idea is to find a focus for a while, to try and build up the number of quality articles the Project has produced.

Templates[edit]

Infoboxes[edit]

{{infobox shopping mall}}

Stub templates[edit]

Currently, the only 3 existing Templates are:

Other templates[edit]

Assessment[edit]

List - Log - Statistics


Resources[edit]

Article alerts[edit]

Articles for deletion
Proposed deletions

See also[edit]

External watchlist[edit]

Directory Directory of WikiProjects

 

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Guide Guide to WikiProjects