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To the strains of piped music, splashing waterfalls and clanging cash registers, three of the handsomest and most advanced shopping centers in the U.S. opened for business last week.

¶ Three miles from downtown Baltimore, Maryland's Governor Theodore McKeldin axed the ribbon that opened Mondawmin (from the Indian name for corn field), a 46-acre, $15 million shopping center whose 47 stores, linked by graceful promenades on two levels, expect to gross $36 million in 1957.

¶ In suburban Virginia, five miles west of downtown Washington, hordes of first-day visitors flocked out...

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