Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks, California, 1981 — Wayne Thom
Ground Zero for Valley Girl ‘culture’ and most famously recognized as the mall from “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (you can make out the movie theater where ‘Rat’ worked in the upper right hand corner) — The Sherman Oaks Galleria, despite having the same name, is a now just a shell of its former self. Its current incarnation, after being renovated in 2002, is a fairly unsuccessful hybrid of an open air ‘lifestyle center’ and a mall.
There is a little piece of my heart set aside to just constantly mourning the old Sherman Oaks Galleria. I was raised here. It’s an outdoor fountain and a PF Changs now. I ache.