What does Valley View Mall in Dallas have to do with photography? This mall is one of the last malls in Dallas to survive from the 70s. Valley View Mall at one time was big part of what we now call "North Dallas" and was a bustling center for a long time. Those beautiful mosaics associated with the mall, were created by Brenda Stubel, the long forgotten designer which give the old Sanger Harris store its signature look.
When I first came to Dallas there were three malls within a mile or two of each other; The Galleria, Prestonwood Town Center and Valley View. Prestonwood mall closed in 2004 and there is no sign that there was ever a mall in the area thats now populated by a Walmart and fast food joints.
Valley View held on for as long as it could against The Galleria but now its fate is sealed. The other day I went to the Demolition Ceremony for the mall and heard from Scott Beck who's behind the masterplans to revitalize the area. The new name for the area is Midtown and I'm pretty sure once the mall is all gone and the new development starts, we will forget about Valley View. For that reason, I thought I would capture a few images of what remains of the most interesting part of the mall.
I will miss Valley View Mall but the time has come for this area to see new life!
Photography created by Derrick L Shaw