This article on whyy.org discusses the future of the mega shopping malls. The future seems to be uncertain both due to the current economic slowdown but also because the recent radical fluctuations in the price of gas has made people think about using their cars wastefully. Get that, people are actually thinking now. Those collective decisions played some part in the tanking of the price of gas over the last few months.
People in Europe have been dealing with sky high gas prices for a long time now and it shows in how their cities have developed. You find good mass transit and walkable communities where you can step out your door and shop for most of your needs.
Frankford is well positioned along a major mass transit corridor. Thinking people even now, can see that the future lies here.