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July 29th, 2013Happy Birthday, NorthPark Mall

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by QCTimes.com

Davenport, IA – Forty years ago, a huge plot of land on the western outskirts of Davenport was transformed into the largest enclosed mall in Iowa.

It’s hard to think of a shopping mall making history, but NorthPark Mall did. It provided a continued impetus for growth in that part of Davenport, changed retail shopping habits and modeled an example for other area malls to follow.

Some of us who remember a time before the construction of enclosed malls were enthralled that we could shop in a climate-controlled environment without sloshing through snow to do our Christmas shopping in December. “The mall” gave young people a place to socialize and to grab a bite to eat. And parking was free.

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