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Park Central Mall Oral History Project

Park Central Mall opened in 1957, and quickly became the center of activity along Central Avenue, thanks to its proximity to some of Phoenix’s best neighborhoods and easy access from Central Avenue, Thomas Road and Indian School Road. As Phoenix quickly grew, the area around Park Central Mall saw an increasing number of mid-rise and high-rise office buildings built along Central Avenue, and the area eventually became known as the Central Business District. ASU students and faculty gathered oral histories with people who lived in the neighborhoods surrounding Park Central Mall, store owners and individuals who frequented the mall to shop or attend the events at the mall.

Resource Type
  • Sound
Date Range
2018 2018

Dulce Estevez grew up in Mexico and moved to Arizona with her family when she was 16. She moved into a neighborhood in South Phoenix. When Dulce was in high school she and her friends, would come to the mall or go to South Mountain in order to skip school. Their trips to the mall were often dangerous because they were all still learning how to drive and some of them were not very good. Then she went into an anecdote about her then-fiance wanting to go the Florsheim shoes in order to buy the nicest shoes he could for …

Estevez, Dulce, Milowski, Daniel
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