The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles, Calif. claims to be "the oldest regional shopping center in operation in the United States." It opened in 1947. See: http://www.baldwinhillscrenshawplaza.com/about
The shopping center is located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King Blvd. (formerly Santa Barbara Ave.) in Los Angeles.
A profile of this shopping center may be found in the May/June 1948 issue of "California Highways and Public Works," the official magazine of California's highways department. See: https://archive.org/stream/californiahi ... 3/mode/2up
It includes a photograph of The Broadway department store exterior.
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