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Has the Retail Apocalypse Hit the DC Area? Open Access Deposited

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Introduction: In 1977, the White Flint Mall opened to great acclaim as Maryland’s premier mall, complete with glass elevators, glamorous anchor stores, and an exciting eatery. Now, more than four decades later, White Flint Mall is situated in a sea of empty parking lots. Except for anchor tenant Lord and Taylor, with which the mall owner is in protracted litigation, the mall sits empty. About a decade before White Flint launched, Northern Virginia’s Tysons Corner Center opened, also to acclaim. Tyson’s Corner has seen continued success welcoming Apple’s flagship store in 2001 and Spanx’s first brick and mortar store in 2012. The promised increase in walkability ushered in by the Silver Line expansion has heralded opportunity for new residential and commercial development. To what extent is this divergence due to e-commerce?

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