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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.


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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 …

Contributors
Estevez, Dulce, Milowski, Daniel
Created Date
2018-04-07
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Erma Jepsen recalls her memories of Park Central Mall

Contributors
Jepsen, Erma, Milowski, Daniel
Created Date
2018-03-03
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Helen R. Kett was born in New Jersey but wanted to come to Arizona because she always thought it was a beautiful state. After she moved to Arizona she would come on the bus with her son to the mall. Helen has always loved Native American jewelry and would sometimes come to the mall to look in the stores for some. She told a small anecdote about Clint Eastwood filming a movie right past her building. Helen remembered the photo booth, where she took the photo of her and her son. It was only 50 cents for 3 or 4 …

Contributors
Kett, Helen R., Milowski, Daniel
Created Date
2018-03-03
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Jerry Slonsky and Mark and Phyllis Hughes recall their memories from Park Cental Mall

Contributors
Slonsky, Jerry, Hughes, Mark, Hughes, Phyllis, et al.
Created Date
2018-04-04

Marcia Nix shares her memories of Park Central Mall

Contributors
Nix, Marcia, Milowski, Daniel
Created Date
2018-04-07

Nadine Lockhart recalls shopping at Park Central Mall

Contributors
Lockhart, Nadine, Milowski, Daniel
Created Date
2018-04-07
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Naomi Remer shares her memories of Remer's Gift Shop, at Park Central Mall.

Contributors
Remer, Naomi, Milowski, Daniel
Created Date
2018-04-07