This week's topic is: Case study: The Fall of the Mall
hub: the effective centre of an activity, region, or network.
on the verge: at the point when (something) is about to happen or is very likely to happen.
on par with: to be at the same level or standard as something else.
gargantuan: massive, huge, enormous.
foot-traffic: a business term describing the number of customers that enter a store, mall, or location.
flounder: to struggle or be in serious difficulty.