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The rise of the regional shopping mall can be directly linked to the rise of the suburbs following World War II. In turn, the rise of the suburbs can be linked to the rise of the interstate system promoted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As the suburbs expanded and surrounded the traditional downtown areas in the years following World War II, people found they no longer wanted to journey into the city to shop. To accommodate their customers, many of the downtown businesses began opening outlets in suburban shopping centers. The next logical step was to pull these businesses under one roof in the form of a shopping mall. Soon, each suburb had their own mall, which tried to outdo its competitors in terms of store selection and interior design.
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