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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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Anne Skanadore recalls shopping at Park Central Mall

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

Bill Ickes recalls shopping at Park Central Mall.

Contributors
Ickes, Bill, Navarro McElhaney, Kristine
Created Date
2018-04-07
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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

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

Filomena Eickstaedt recalls her memories of shopping at Park Central Mall

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

Janet Reed shares her memories from Park Central Mall

Contributors
Reed, Janet, Notick, Samantha
Created Date
2018-04-07

Janet Velasquez shares her memories of Park Central Mall

Contributors
Velasquez, Janet, England, Jon
Created Date
2018-03-03