Regarding those shopping malls: here in the lower Michigan/Toledo area the recession took its toll. Of the eight in the area only one is doing well; two are open with only two of three stores; and the rest of the malls were bulldozed.
It was not until this last year that business picked up.
C’mon down to North Texas.
I have 8 major shopping malls within a 30 minute drive of my home (2 that are 10 minutes away) and two “mixed use” areas (small towns in essence) that are a blend of shopping, office, and condos/apartments, with more coming...