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06/19/2017

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Fruitbat

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.

louisrichards

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.)

Ignatz

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.

Bob

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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