Times Are Tough, but I Still Live at the Mall. Literally

Matthew Lawrence, mall resident, 40, rents a one-bedroom apartment in Glendale, Calif., directly above the Cheesecake Factory and Forever 21

Stephanie Diani for TIME

Rents a one-bedroom apartment in Glendale, Calif., directly above the Cheesecake Factory and Forever 21.

Plenty of shopaholics claim to live at the mall. But when the Americana at Brand opened in Glendale, Calif., in May, shoppers really got a chance to make themselves at home. That's because the $400 million retail complex includes not just Cole Haan, Barnes & Noble and Urban Outfitters but also 100 condos and 238 apartments--part of real estate's mixed-use trend. Since the Americana's opening, however, the economy has taken a tough turn. TIME's Rebecca Winters Keegan asked Lawrence, V.P. of sales at a company that makes motion-sensor trash cans, about life as an early settler at the mall, in good...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!