Our Opinion: Another chip out of the Berkshire Mall

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The move of Peace Train Tees from the Berkshire Mall to the Berkshire Common on South Street in Pittsfield is another win for downtown and another loss for the mall, which continues to shed the critical mass required for success. Peace Train Tees owner Mike Sacco told The Eagle (April 25) that after eight years, the lack of foot traffic and walk-ins inspired his move to downtown. Malls are reinventing themselves in a variety of ways, and the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is exploring options. The Baker Hill Road District is working with Lanesborough in hope of buying the mall from current ownership. The mall must be reincarnated in some form if it is to contribute to the Berkshires. The questions are what, when and how.


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