27 February 2013 — One of America’s oldest shopping malls has been converted to micro-apartments, Lamar Anderson reports in The Atlantic Cities.  One of the major casualties of the 2008-2009 recession was “space itself”, he reports. “Homeowners and businesses bled square footage, leaving behind a landscape of empty McMansions, vacated big-box stores, and now-famously abandoned shopping malls. “Since then, many municipalities have been grappling with how to repopulate these spaces with more nimble, post-boom uses. “Existing mall mashups pretty much stick to the public realm—like Cleveland’s indoor gardens and Vanderbilt’s health clinics—but this spring a shuttered shopping centre in downtown Providence will be reborn in micro form, with two stories of micro-apartments above ground-floor micro-retail.” Read the full story here.