shopping mall

or shopping centre

Collection of independent retail stores, services, and parking areas constructed and maintained by a management firm as a unit. It is a 20th-century adaptation of the historical marketplace. In the U.S., postwar migration from cities to suburbs and increased automobile use created a perceived need for centralized shopping facilities. The urban shopping arcade developed out of the need for shelter from the weather; Buffalo, N.Y., and Cleveland, Ohio, have charming trussed and glass-roofed examples. The next generation of shopping malls, the large regional centre sited in a vast sea of parking lots, bears little resemblance to its small, arcaded ancestors. Two of the world's largest malls are the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, and the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. In recent years large shopping malls have attempted to revive an arcadelike atmosphere, often featuring atriums and balconies.

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Imaginary point where the total weight of a material body may be thought to be concentrated. Since weight and mass are proportional, the same point may also be called the centre of mass, but the centre of mass does not require a gravitational field. A body's centre of gravity may coincide with its geometric centre, especially if the body is symmetric and composed of homogeneous material. In asymmetric, unhomogeneous, or hollow objects, the centre of gravity may be at some distance from the geometric centre or even at a point in space external to the object, such as between the legs of a chair.

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or social settlement or community centre

Neighbourhood social-welfare agency. The staff of a settlement house may sponsor clubs, classes, athletic teams, and interest groups; they may employ such specialists as vocational counselors and caseworkers. The settlement movement began with the founding of Toynbee Hall in London in 1884 by Samuel Augustus Barnett (1844–1913). It spread to the U.S. in the late 19th century with the establishment of such institutions as Chicago's Hull House (founded by Jane Addams). Many countries now have similar institutions. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, U.S. settlement houses were active among the masses of new immigrants and worked for reform legislation such as workers' compensation and child-labour laws.

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Grouping of municipal facilities in a limited precinct often adjacent to the central business district of a city. The civic center is based on both the Greek acropolis and the Roman forum. The plan includes the city hall and adjoining park or plaza, headquarters for city departments, courthouses, and often a post office, public-utility offices, public health facilities, and government offices.

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Centre is a city in Cherokee County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 3,216. The city is the county seat of Cherokee County, and is part of the 'Gadsden, Alabama Metropolitan Statistical Area'.


Centre is located at 34°9'33.052" North, 85°40'29.071" West (34.159181, -85.674742).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.1 square miles (28.7 km²), of which, 11.0 square miles (28.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.99%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 3,216 people, 1,324 households, and 877 families residing in the city. The population density was 293.2 people per square mile (113.2/km²). There were 1,515 housing units at an average density of 138.1/sq mi (53.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.90% White, 10.01% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,324 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.7% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the city the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,000, and the median income for a family was $35,250. Males had a median income of $31,636 versus $22,035 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,997. About 18.7% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.6% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.

Map Modernization

Beginning in October of 2008, Cherokee County, Alabama will begin the process of updating its Flood Insurance Rate Maps into a digital format.


Centre has the only Ingles supermarket in the state. Additionally there is a Big Kmart, a Piggly Wiggly, and a Super Wal-Mart.


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