Hakeem akintunde Ogunmowo Real Estate Developers One key to the success of a shopping center is quick and easy automobile access. Such access is generally more available in the suburbs than in the city. A few successful shopping centers have been built in dense urban areas, often with very substantial public subsidy and often as part of an urban renewal project. However, on balance, the invention and refinement of the shopping center has favored suburb over city. Not only has the suburban shopping center drawn the suburban customer away from downtown retailing, but it also draws automobile-owning city residents out to the suburbs to shop.