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as we were late last week

, of deserted area malls, today comes word that the city council's trying to figure out

what to do with the Shopping Center Formerly Known as Red Bird

. Otherwise called Southwest Center Mall, the joint was once a jam-packed jewel upon its grand opening in 1975, anchored by such estimable name brands as Sanger-Harris, J.C. Penney and Sears.

But several sales and shutterings later, it's more or less a crime-ridden wasteland now, which is why the council's Economic Development Committee's weighing the Southern Dallas Task Force's recommendation to spend $120,000 in Chapter 380 economic development grant money so the Urban Land Institute's Advisory Services can "assess redevelopment options." Which would include -- aw, you peeked -- tearing it down, hiring a master planner and starting over with a mixed-use development.

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