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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.


Ann

Ann has lived in Phoenix for 76 years and remembered quite a bit about the mall and what the area was like before it was built. In the beginning she spoke about her parents moving separately from Tennessee in the 20s and 30s, respectively. Then she went on to describe her childhood neighborhood and how it was a nice place to grow up with lots of other children and nice foliage. Ann explains how, before Park Central was there, in the area of the dairy farm, there was a car-hop style restaurant that served hamburgers, hot dogs, milkshakes and a …

Contributors
(Not provided), Ann, England, John
Created Date
2018-04-18
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Christina White recalls early Phoenix and shopping at Park Central Mall.

Contributors
White, Christina, Navarro McElhaney, Kristine
Created Date
2018-04-13

Filomena Eickstaedt recalls her memories of shopping at Park Central Mall

Contributors
Eickstaedt, Filomena, Navarro McElhaney, Kristine
Created Date
2018-04-09

Joe Della Rocca recalls memories of spending time at Park Central Mall.

Contributors
Rocca, Joe Della, England, Jon
Created Date
2018-04-07

Janet Reed shares her memories from Park Central Mall

Contributors
Reed, Janet, Notick, Samantha
Created Date
2018-04-07
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Anne Skanadore recalls shopping at Park Central Mall

Contributors
Skanadore, Anne, England, John
Created Date
2018-04-07

Linn Ickes recalls shopping at Park Central Mall

Contributors
Ickes, Linn, Notick, Samantha
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

Nadine Lockhart recalls shopping at Park Central Mall

Contributors
Lockhart, Nadine, Milowski, Daniel
Created Date
2018-04-07

Ray Cox shares his memories of Park Central Mall

Contributors
Cox, Ray, Notick, Samantha
Created Date
2018-04-07