The conversion of shopping malls and strip malls into miniature downtown areas by advocates of the New Urbanism is changing the face of suburban America.

The number of moribund shopping malls in the US is on the rise, as online shopping and demographic changes leave brick and mortar retailers struggling. The US is currently host to roughly 1,200 indoor malls, of which only a third are performing well. As many shopping malls gradually succumb to the…