That said.. if the eaton centre still had its mid 1990s appearance nobody would go there. It would be that dingy unattractive mall you avoid.
I do think people have a hard time accepting this. Without going through allowing the mall to remain dated, we can't know for sure but I do believe that if they hadn't refreshed the look of the Eaton Centre to make it "new again", that people would choose to go to Yorkdale to spend their day. Of course, being downtown, the Eaton Centre would still be busy but then again, look at the Atrium. It's right there at the crossroads of Canada's busiest pedestrian intersection and on some days you could bowl down the empty halls.
I don't know. Sherway Gardens kept its 80s era identity for a LONG time and was always bumping. I loved that they were retaining the look; it made it an iconic destination. When Cadillac Fairview did their huge round of renos, they ruined the place (IMO). It's a generic mall now, no different from any other you'd find in the GTA. A lot of stores are vacant now too.
AND ugh they ripped out ALL the greenery. Took the "Gardens" right out of "Sherway Gardens".