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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
  • Public
Date Range
2018 2018


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 …

(Not provided), Ann, England, John
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