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Extreme makeovers give old malls new life

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Extreme makeovers give old malls new life

Glitzy newcomers force updates to area's first shopping meccas

By Tenisha Mercer / The Detroit News

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Metro Detroit Mall Photo Gallery

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The granddaddy of them all, Hudon's Northland in Southfield during the mid-1950s.

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An aerial view of Northland Mall in 1961.

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Eastland mall in Harper Woods circa 1957.

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George and Lillian Davinich rest during a shopping outing at Eastland in 1975.

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Sculptor William McVey poses with his "Hippo" at Eastland in 1957

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Eastland in 1958.

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Workmen put the finishing touches on Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights in 1976.

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A court inside Lakeside Mall, circa 1980.

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Nearing completion in 1968, Oakland Mall was already being touted as "Troy's Downtown." At the time it consisted of Sears Roebuck's largest retail outlet, a full-line Hudson's store and five other shops.

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While shopping indoors is convenient, you still have to navigate the parking lot. This motorist hurdles 14- to 16-foot snow piles in the Oakland Mall parking lot in 1985.

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Southland Mall in Taylor 1n 1970 as it neared completion.

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Westland Mall in 1966.

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Dennis and Beatrice Hartman and daught Patricia, 7 months, of New Baltimore spend a day at Eastland Mall in 1975.

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A helicopter lifts a smoke-detection unit onto the roof at Eastland Mall in 1970.

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