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Cinderella City

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1968, James E. Johnson Associates. 701 W. Hampden Ave (northeast corner of West Hampden and Santa Fe Ave.)

Englewood sold its old city park and frog pond to developer Gerry Von Frellick for $1 million. Von Frellick turned it into a 60-acre shopping mall, which opened as “the world's largest shopping complex under one roof.” An 8,000-vehicle, double-deck parking lot helped draw the masses to Colorado's first enclosed shopping mall, whose centerpiece was a 30-foot-high fountain. Larger and even slicker subsequent malls, however, have outshone the one-time fairy tale prince, now turned back into a frog.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Cinderella City", [Englewood, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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