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Mallrats can thank Victor Gruen for today's one-stop retail therapy boxes, which he later called "bastard developments [that] destroyed our cities." (Ouch.) Named the father of the shopping mall, the socialist Austrian architect envisioned busy communal centers of art and commerce inspired by his homeland—but this is America, so instead we got indoor behemoths so beloved by the likes of Cher Horowitz.

While insiders profess the same disdain for megamalls, Gruen might be happy to know that his vision isn't exactly dead—just this year, a handful of open-air live/work/play megadevelopments are set upgrade LA's retail scene in a major way. Below, see the latest updates from last fall's roll call and tell us which ones excite you the most.

Photo: El Segundo's shiny new The Point.

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1. The Village at Westfield Topanga

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Victory Boulevard & Owensmouth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91303
When Westfield Topanga's "Garden of Eden"-like sister shopping center will be temping retail therapy seekers, fitness fiends, and beauty buffs starting this September. It'll boast Fabletics's first brick-and-mortar LA shop, Athleta, 24-Hour Fitness, YogaWorks, FlyWheel, Blushington, Drybar Skin Laundry, Burke Williams Day Spa, 18/8 Fine Men's Salon, Planet Beauty, Everything But Water, Paper Source, Fleurish, REI, Sur La Table, and so much more—including anchor tenant Costco (phew). The 550,000-square-foot lifestyle center's $450MM upgrade will include an open-air vibe with babbling brooks, tree-lined walkways, a bocce ball court, and kid-friendly hangouts. Ahhh, Xanadu, indeed. [Photo]

2. The Bloc

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700 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
The former Macy's Plaza is swapping its old big-box directory for a more "boutique" direction, which will include gallery/shop Free Market, SF-based menswear mecca Wingtip, and Alamo Drafthouse Theater (despite previous reports, stationery store &Pens is not confirmed). Currently undergoing its $160MM makeover (which will include a major upgrade for anchor tenant Macy's and a Metro station), the open-air FiDi center has already debuted its urban farm-to-table resto District On The Bloc inside the Sheraton Hotel. The massive live/work/play development is slated to unveil its fashionable facelift in October, and shops will open their doors starting November.

3. Platform at Hayden Tract

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West Washington Boulevard & Landmark Street
Culver City, CA 90232
So far, Carven, Matt Bernson, Aesop, Curve, SoulCycle (and its West Coast HQ!), and Velvet by Graham and Spencer have signed on to the luxury Hayden Tract project, which is bringing much-needed retail therapy to Culver City's Expo line-adjacent area. The 40,000-square-foot mixed-use center also includes industrial shipping container-inspired residences across the way; it's all expected to open this fall.

4. The Runway

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6500 South Seabluff Drive
Playa Vista, CA 90094
Dubbed Silicon Beach 2.0, Playa Vista's new live/work/play development has already welcomed Whole Foods, Cinemark Theaters, Starbucks, Chase Bank, and CVS. The 220,000-square-foot retail/resto/lifestyle center's Resort residences are also now open for tours and move-ins; confirmed beauty and fitness tenants include The Studio (MDR) (opening this fall), Varnish Lab nail salon, and men's groomers 18/8, and YogaWorks. Its modern food scene includes ROC Kitchen, Lyfe Kitchen, 800 Degrees and others. [ Rendering]

5. The Yards at One Santa Fe

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300 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Art District's One Santa Fe has already filled its affordable housing units, but those tiny studios are still up for grabs (starting at $1,580). Residents of the high-end live/shop/eat development can already pick up cool menswear at Wittmore, which opened this spring. Still under construction are SF-meets-Austin boutique Voyager and sleek skin/haircare brand Malin+Goetz; once open, the mixed-use development will offer a curated mix of 25 shops and restaurants. [Rendering]

6. The Point

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850 South Sepulveda Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245
Now officially open next door to Plaza El Segundo as of July 30th, the 115,000-square-foot retail/fitness/dining hub's shopping scene debuted with Lou & Grey, Michael Stars, Athleta, SoulCycle, Lucky Brand, and more, plus a slew of gourmet food options (True Food Kitchen, North Italia, and ShopHouse, as Eater notes). There's more: eco-conscious activewear brand Prana opens in September; Kit & Ace, Planet Blue, and SIX:02 Fitness land in October; Madewell debuts in November; and San Lorenzo Bikinis and Vicara Aveda Salon & Spa are also headed to the El Segundo hangout.

7. Pacific City

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21002 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
When we last checked in with the luxury beachfront development—which will span 11 acres when it splashes onto the scene this November—The Bungalow and Equinox were the only confirmed tenants. The directory has since filled out, with big names like H&M and Sephora and local shops like menswear retailer Tankfarm, boho boutique Irene's Story, and kid's store Smoking Birds among those joining the lifestyle center. It'll also house an artisanal foods market place, a high-end hotel, and swanky dwellings, all set on a backdrop of California Craftsman-inspired architecture and drought-tolerant landscaping. [Rendering]

8. Lido Marina Village

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3420 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA 92663
DJM Capital, the same developers behind Huntington Beach's Pacific City, are also giving this outdated waterfront property a makeover. The 116,000-square-foot walkable lifestyle center will roll out the first phase of is stylish upgrade this fall, when cool retailer Steven Alan is also opening its doors. Once the renovations are complete in July 2016, the scene will include a sailboat pond inspired by Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg; valet for cars, kayaks, paddle boards, and electric boats; and upscale retail and dining options. [Rendering]

9. Westfield Century City

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10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 277-3898
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The al fresco shopping center announced it’d be taking over Westside Pavilion’s Nordstrom, remodeling its Bloomingdale’s, and opening a Macy’s by 2017. Also joining the mix is the west coast’s first Eataly, Tom Ford, Armani, and 4,700 parking spaces. Whoo-hoo! The cost: $800 million. [Rendering]

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1. The Village at Westfield Topanga

Victory Boulevard & Owensmouth Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91303
When Westfield Topanga's "Garden of Eden"-like sister shopping center will be temping retail therapy seekers, fitness fiends, and beauty buffs starting this September. It'll boast Fabletics's first brick-and-mortar LA shop, Athleta, 24-Hour Fitness, YogaWorks, FlyWheel, Blushington, Drybar Skin Laundry, Burke Williams Day Spa, 18/8 Fine Men's Salon, Planet Beauty, Everything But Water, Paper Source, Fleurish, REI, Sur La Table, and so much more—including anchor tenant Costco (phew). The 550,000-square-foot lifestyle center's $450MM upgrade will include an open-air vibe with babbling brooks, tree-lined walkways, a bocce ball court, and kid-friendly hangouts. Ahhh, Xanadu, indeed. [Photo]
Victory Boulevard & Owensmouth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 91303

2. The Bloc

700 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
The former Macy's Plaza is swapping its old big-box directory for a more "boutique" direction, which will include gallery/shop Free Market, SF-based menswear mecca Wingtip, and Alamo Drafthouse Theater (despite previous reports, stationery store &Pens is not confirmed). Currently undergoing its $160MM makeover (which will include a major upgrade for anchor tenant Macy's and a Metro station), the open-air FiDi center has already debuted its urban farm-to-table resto District On The Bloc inside the Sheraton Hotel. The massive live/work/play development is slated to unveil its fashionable facelift in October, and shops will open their doors starting November.
700 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

3. Platform at Hayden Tract

West Washington Boulevard & Landmark Street, Culver City, CA 90232
So far, Carven, Matt Bernson, Aesop, Curve, SoulCycle (and its West Coast HQ!), and Velvet by Graham and Spencer have signed on to the luxury Hayden Tract project, which is bringing much-needed retail therapy to Culver City's Expo line-adjacent area. The 40,000-square-foot mixed-use center also includes industrial shipping container-inspired residences across the way; it's all expected to open this fall.
West Washington Boulevard & Landmark Street
Culver City, CA 90232

4. The Runway

6500 South Seabluff Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094
Dubbed Silicon Beach 2.0, Playa Vista's new live/work/play development has already welcomed Whole Foods, Cinemark Theaters, Starbucks, Chase Bank, and CVS. The 220,000-square-foot retail/resto/lifestyle center's Resort residences are also now open for tours and move-ins; confirmed beauty and fitness tenants include The Studio (MDR) (opening this fall), Varnish Lab nail salon, and men's groomers 18/8, and YogaWorks. Its modern food scene includes ROC Kitchen, Lyfe Kitchen, 800 Degrees and others. [ Rendering]
6500 South Seabluff Drive
Playa Vista, CA 90094

5. The Yards at One Santa Fe

300 South Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Art District's One Santa Fe has already filled its affordable housing units, but those tiny studios are still up for grabs (starting at $1,580). Residents of the high-end live/shop/eat development can already pick up cool menswear at Wittmore, which opened this spring. Still under construction are SF-meets-Austin boutique Voyager and sleek skin/haircare brand Malin+Goetz; once open, the mixed-use development will offer a curated mix of 25 shops and restaurants. [Rendering]
300 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

6. The Point

850 South Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, CA 90245
Now officially open next door to Plaza El Segundo as of July 30th, the 115,000-square-foot retail/fitness/dining hub's shopping scene debuted with Lou & Grey, Michael Stars, Athleta, SoulCycle, Lucky Brand, and more, plus a slew of gourmet food options (True Food Kitchen, North Italia, and ShopHouse, as Eater notes). There's more: eco-conscious activewear brand Prana opens in September; Kit & Ace, Planet Blue, and SIX:02 Fitness land in October; Madewell debuts in November; and San Lorenzo Bikinis and Vicara Aveda Salon & Spa are also headed to the El Segundo hangout.
850 South Sepulveda Boulevard
El Segundo, CA 90245

7. Pacific City

21002 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
When we last checked in with the luxury beachfront development—which will span 11 acres when it splashes onto the scene this November—The Bungalow and Equinox were the only confirmed tenants. The directory has since filled out, with big names like H&M and Sephora and local shops like menswear retailer Tankfarm, boho boutique Irene's Story, and kid's store Smoking Birds among those joining the lifestyle center. It'll also house an artisanal foods market place, a high-end hotel, and swanky dwellings, all set on a backdrop of California Craftsman-inspired architecture and drought-tolerant landscaping. [Rendering]
21002 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

8. Lido Marina Village

3420 Via Oporto, Newport Beach, CA 92663
DJM Capital, the same developers behind Huntington Beach's Pacific City, are also giving this outdated waterfront property a makeover. The 116,000-square-foot walkable lifestyle center will roll out the first phase of is stylish upgrade this fall, when cool retailer Steven Alan is also opening its doors. Once the renovations are complete in July 2016, the scene will include a sailboat pond inspired by Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg; valet for cars, kayaks, paddle boards, and electric boats; and upscale retail and dining options. [Rendering]
3420 Via Oporto
Newport Beach, CA 92663

9. Westfield Century City

10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067
The al fresco shopping center announced it’d be taking over Westside Pavilion’s Nordstrom, remodeling its Bloomingdale’s, and opening a Macy’s by 2017. Also joining the mix is the west coast’s first Eataly, Tom Ford, Armani, and 4,700 parking spaces. Whoo-hoo! The cost: $800 million. [Rendering]
10250 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90067