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(Daily Mail)   Just look at the mall rats scurrying around the decks of the deserted shopping malls of America   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 178
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2014-04-10 08:40:19 PM  
That's going to be downtown Scranton in about 10 years
 
2014-04-10 08:46:02 PM  
I see those pictures and think I should become a scrap metal thief.  I could make a fortune off those escalators.
 
2014-04-10 08:48:26 PM  

Earguy: I see those pictures and think I should become a scrap metal thief.  I could make a fortune off those escalators.


They aren't exactly made out of platinum you know.  After 4 years being closed, anything valuable enough to warrant the work involved in getting is has been gotten.
 
2014-04-10 09:00:39 PM  

nekom: Earguy: I see those pictures and think I should become a scrap metal thief.  I could make a fortune off those escalators.

They aren't exactly made out of platinum you know.  After 4 years being closed, anything valuable enough to warrant the work involved in getting is has been gotten.


I'm frankly surprised at the startling lack of graffiti and the amount of unbroken plate glass.
 
2014-04-10 09:43:39 PM  
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And there's the map of Australia.
 
2014-04-10 09:43:39 PM  
The malls in Tampa and LA are always packed. Sucks to be Ohio I guess.
 
2014-04-10 09:48:09 PM  

Mugato: The malls in Tampa and LA are always packed. Sucks to be Ohio I guess.


Well it is Ohio.
 
2014-04-10 09:59:30 PM  
Mall rats desert sinking ship

It's not a ship, it's a sailboat!
 
2014-04-10 10:12:52 PM  

DownDaRiver: That's going to be downtown Scranton in about 10 years


Just hasn't been the same since Michael Scott left
 
2014-04-10 10:18:56 PM  

Mugato: The malls in Tampa and LA are always packed. Sucks to be Ohio I guess.


I don't know if the deserted malls are a sign of the decline of the economy as the article suggests, or merely evidence of how our country reacts to economic troubles.

In places where land is plentiful and cheap, neighborhoods and towns that fall on hard times often aren't given the opportunity to recover.  It's cheaper to build new subdivisions and commercial centers a few dozen miles down the road than try to rescue and rehabilitate struggling communities.

The stories of rough neighborhoods turning the corner and becoming thriving communities again mostly come from big cities where land is still at a premium and it's worth the effort to bring things back again.  Plus, cities tend to have more diverse economies, so they can weather the storm of recession whereas single-industry towns have nothing to fall back on when that industry goes tits up.
 
2014-04-10 10:19:01 PM  

Mugato: The malls in Tampa and LA are always packed. Sucks to be Ohio I guess.


Did you just brag about your favorite locality's malls being packed?

Thanks world, give me a moment while I chew this cyanide pill I have been saving just for an occasion such as this.
 
2014-04-10 10:22:14 PM  
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2014-04-10 10:31:41 PM  
The new Oldsmobiles are in early this year...
 
2014-04-10 10:33:42 PM  

Peter von Nostrand: DownDaRiver: That's going to be downtown Scranton in about 10 years

Just hasn't been the same since Michael Scott left


They still attempt to resurrect 'The Office' kiosk once a year at the mall
 
2014-04-10 10:40:32 PM  
Brenda?
 
2014-04-10 10:42:27 PM  
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2014-04-10 10:42:40 PM  
Our headquarters is an old shopping mall.  We have 1.2 million square feet and got it cheap.  It's pretty cool, there are escalators and it's obvious it used to be a mall.  I think the next phase to open will have the fountains and little rivers.  We recycled over 17,000 tons of metal, and all the glass storefronts are used for doors to meeting rooms, etc.  pretty good use for them, I think other companies are looking into it.
 
2014-04-10 10:43:28 PM  
Looks like a Dawn of the Dead (Day of the Dead?) set, but then again every mall looks like one of those sets.
 
2014-04-10 10:44:44 PM  
Ah yes, Rolling Acres and Randall Mall. Two shining examples of why I want out of Ohio
 
2014-04-10 10:45:22 PM  

Harry_Seldon: Brenda?


Dick!
 
2014-04-10 10:45:28 PM  
Looks like the mall from Tony Hawk Pro Skater number something.
 
2014-04-10 10:45:44 PM  
The Simpsons already did it.

And it's not all a sign of a collective decline. It's a sign that shopping moved away from these malls. Although if I were running a mall store I'd only be open evenings and weekends most of the year.

That might be a generalizable statement. A lot of stores are open all day while their customers are at work.
 
2014-04-10 10:45:50 PM  

jaylectricity: Mall rats desert sinking ship

It's not a ship, it's a sailboat!


Actually, it's a schooner
 
2014-04-10 10:46:10 PM  

nekom: Earguy: I see those pictures and think I should become a scrap metal thief.  I could make a fortune off those escalators.

They aren't exactly made out of platinum you know.  After 4 years being closed, anything valuable enough to warrant the work involved in getting is has been gotten.


Actually, not even then. It would have literally had to be unstealable in some fashion.
 
2014-04-10 10:46:21 PM  

The Dogs of War: Ah yes, Rolling Acres and Randall Mall. Two shining examples of why I want out of Ohio


So what is it about Ohio that makes people want out so bad they become astronauts?
 
2014-04-10 10:47:05 PM  
If you clean it up and keep quiet about it that would be a great place to skate in the winter.
 
2014-04-10 10:48:16 PM  
Randall Park was my mall growing up. Lots of memories there being with my family at Christmas, going on dates with my girlfriend in High School, dropping all my paper route money at the arcade, checking out all the cool HO gauge stuff at the hobby store that looked like a train car. Good Times. So sad that it's officially going away. Years ago I took a slow nostalgic trip through and pretty much knew it'd be the last time I'd be in there.
 
2014-04-10 10:49:21 PM  
This is a mall with rats scurrying about Subby.
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2014-04-10 10:50:44 PM  
the mall here died when all the stores bought their own land to build a 'lifestyle center' instead of leasing from general growth

it's like an empty tomb now

it was wall to wall commercialism and thronged with shoppers not even ten years ago.
 
2014-04-10 10:51:10 PM  
www.kcet.orgI will miss Perry's Pizza the most.
 
2014-04-10 10:51:23 PM  
A loaf of bread dumped on the floor. An elevated position and my 10-22 Archangel. Good times!
 
2014-04-10 10:51:32 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: nekom: Earguy: I see those pictures and think I should become a scrap metal thief.  I could make a fortune off those escalators.

They aren't exactly made out of platinum you know.  After 4 years being closed, anything valuable enough to warrant the work involved in getting is has been gotten.

I'm frankly surprised at the startling lack of graffiti and the amount of unbroken plate glass.


This. Usually, you leave a group of people unwatched for more than a few minutes and they'll turn into barbarians.
 
2014-04-10 10:52:33 PM  
Yea I don't particularly understand this mindset that this is a sign of economic decline.

All the businesses moved to open air structures, or moved to more modern mall facilities.

Note how all of your Anytown, USA "pathetic abandoned malls" were all built 30-40 years ago without any renovation afterwards.
 
2014-04-10 10:52:46 PM  

Intrepid00: The Dogs of War: Ah yes, Rolling Acres and Randall Mall. Two shining examples of why I want out of Ohio

So what is it about Ohio that makes people want out so bad they become astronauts?


lol, no idea. Something about this state just beats you down until you can't take it. Most of my friends have left the state. it's rather depressing. Both of these malls are within an hour of me.
 
2014-04-10 10:52:55 PM  

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that's not a schooner
 
2014-04-10 10:54:33 PM  
Those would make some of the best paintball arenas ever! Seriously, address any structural instabilities, clear out the glass, and then gimme gimme gimme!
 
2014-04-10 10:54:51 PM  
From TFA:

'There's nothing more profound and sobering then being inside an abandoned mall. It's a powerful symbol of America's economic decline,'


This has little to do with any "economic decline" and more to do with the changing landscape of suburbia and of real estate trends in the retail sector, not to mention the impact of the Internet to "window shop" as it were.

Malls have a shelf life. New malls replace them. Times change. It's life, nothing more.

FFS the mall they were showing had a JcPenny's.
 
2014-04-10 10:56:39 PM  

optikeye: [i.dailymail.co.uk image 850x562]

And there's the map of Australia.


I thought the exact same thing when I scrolled past that one. Even though its Australianess declines severely whilst under scrutiny.
 
2014-04-10 10:56:42 PM  
The Britons are just sad they didn't create Amazon and eBay.
 
2014-04-10 10:58:07 PM  
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RIP Taquito.
 
2014-04-10 10:58:28 PM  

The Dogs of War: Intrepid00: The Dogs of War: Ah yes, Rolling Acres and Randall Mall. Two shining examples of why I want out of Ohio

So what is it about Ohio that makes people want out so bad they become astronauts?

lol, no idea. Something about this state just beats you down until you can't take it. Most of my friends have left the state. it's rather depressing. Both of these malls are within an hour of me.


I lasted 6 months in Cleveland and it got so depressing that I moved to Pittsburgh.

Let that sink in.
 
2014-04-10 10:59:14 PM  
Grew up not far from Vandal Randall Mall when I was a kid in the '80s. Saw the original "Star Wars" there for the first time in 1977 (and the second through tenth times, too). Used to play in the game room on Saturdays and shop there for school clothes with mom and at Christmas. It was never in a great part of town, but for a while, it was the biggest, most state-of-the-art mall in the world and we were kind of proud of that. There was a legend that so many cars were stolen there that they once put out a bait car that was gone before they could get up on the roof to watch it.

That whole area is really shiatty now. There's a Hard Rock Cafe/Horseshoe Casino/Thistledown horse track across the street that's trying to make the area come back, but it'll be a long time coming. Mostly the area looks like downtown Beruit now.

So sad.
 
2014-04-10 10:59:15 PM  

Walt_Jizzney: FFS the mall they were showing had a JcPenny's.


As do roughly 1,100 malls in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Your point?
 
2014-04-10 11:02:19 PM  
Malls are dead.  I'm so sick of my city trying to "reinvigorate" our mall.  I think they're spending $50 million on a 3rd attempt to resuscitate it.  I mean, I am spending $50 million for it.  Fark that.

The tax revenue from the mall has fallen every year since 2003 and that was only a small uptick in an otherwise consistent decline.  It will take at least 25 years to recover my tax dollars that are being funneled to a corrupt developer.

Even Radio Shack and Orange Julius have fled the mall.  The only reason I ever went anyway is for a gyro, but as promised that place closed too.  The owner told me he would close as soon as his lease was up on my penultimate visit to the mall.

I love the press it is getting though.  My local newspaper recently asked a bunch of people what stores they wanted to see there.  A bunch of retailers were mentioned and every single one of them that the local news asked said they have no plans to open anything there, but a few said "maybe".

Gone are the days when the mall attracted people from far and wide.

Note to self:  Don't vote for the real estate developer for city council.
 
2014-04-10 11:02:41 PM  
I think it's a combination of things that have led to the decline of malls.

1. People shopping at Walmart instead of the big stores like Sears that were always half the square footage of malls.

2. Video arcades, and hanging out in general, no longer bringing in teenagers, who now play video games at home.

3. Everyone doing a lot of their shopping online now instead of at the mall.
 
2014-04-10 11:04:16 PM  
I have friends from Ohio. Three of them have returned after many years of living it up in NYC. And I suspect a couple of other friends will be returning, as well.
 
2014-04-10 11:06:51 PM  
There aren't less stores or less stuff being sold, it just isn't sold at these malls.  What kills a mall is typically a newer mall opening somewhere else.
 
2014-04-10 11:09:07 PM  
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2014-04-10 11:10:59 PM  
Randall Park Mall - "Now that's a name I've not heard for a long time". So glad I moved away from NE Ohio in '05 when it was still possible to find a buyer for my house. Even then, the guy who bought it planned to rent it out.
 
2014-04-10 11:12:30 PM  

CruJones: There aren't less stores or less stuff being sold, it just isn't sold at these malls.  What kills a mall is typically a newer mall opening somewhere else.




Internet shopping might be negatively effecting malls as well.
 
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