The future of the American shopping mall has looked bleak more than once over the last several years. The rise of e-commerce cast a shadow over brick-and-mortar retail in general, and malls in particular, as many traditional department stores that anchored malls went into decline. Then the arrival of COVID-19 last year, which shut down shopping centers while locked-down consumers surfed Amazon, dealt malls another blow. The Providence Place mall suffered as much, if not more, than many malls in 2020. But now that life is returning to something approaching normal, Providence Place, like other Southern New England malls that survived the last two years, is working on a comeback. Read more at The Providence Journal.