For Clues On Metrocenter Revamp, Look to Scottsdale

By Patrick O’Grady | Phoenix Business Journal

While razing what was once the largest shopping mall in the Southwest has been broached — and is part of what passes for the current plan — there’s a potential model for revitalizing the (Metrocenter) mall without doing anything to the structure.

Just ask Scottsdale about the Galleria.

Built in the 1980s as a shopping center, the Galleria was a fairly sizable disaster in retail. It was the empty building amid Old Town Scottsdale’s shops and restaurants. But about 10 years ago, technology tenants started moving in, and the Galleria has since become a hot spot for technology companies. It also has boosted nightlife and restaurants in the area around it.

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