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Teens still hang out at the mall, or at least mine does (and we live in a large city). This could explain why a large percentage of stores in the nearest mall sell clothing, accessories and junk aimed at the under-25 market.


A nice indoor mall is also a good place to go for a walk in air conditioning and out of the rain. And it's less boring than a treadmill.

Mike Peterson

(Note, however, that neither teens hanging out nor mallwalkers spend a great deal of money, which is why so many malls now feature Drywall where there used to be window displays.)


I remember visiting King of Prussia, PA, and almost every piece of the town's promotional literature bragged about them having the largest mall on the East Coast. This, in a Revolutionary Era town steeped in historical interest.

The rise of the mall killed many downtowns, and created a ton of urban blight. And drove out small, interesting stores and shops, and replaced them with bland, cookie-cutter homogeneity. Thanks to the mall, every town in America looks just like every other town.

If they disappear, good riddance.


And couple the potential for mall violence (We've had a couple shootings at our mall in the past two years.) and drug-dealing in the parking lots (way more than a couple arrests for this), you're safer staying home and ordering on-line.

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