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@2nd Amendment Brony's status update got me thinking... Does anybody here still go to shopping malls? Are they pretty much empty or do a decent amount of people still go there? It's sad that they're a dying breed nowadays, since online shopping has exploded in popularity. I'm glad people still go to the mall in my college town, even though it's clear that it is nowhere near as popular as it was when it was originally built. Much of the parking lot around the complex is now empty space. But there are some neat shops in there, like a retro gaming store and two stores that are basically Hot Topic under different names. There's an arcade, and the food court has some great pizza + pretzels.
I found this rather interesting article about abandoned malls in the US. http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/completely-surreal-pictures-of-americas-abandoned-malls When I scrolled through the pictures, I was shocked that they reminded me of The Last of Us so strongly, I bet they used some of these photos to design certain parts of the game. (inside malls) Back to the topic at hand... Malls are declining... and not just small, no-town malls. Large malls with over hundreds of stores... I don't know if this will continue on in our current time of financial events, but I certainly hope not. It fascinates me though. The feel you get when looking at these pictures is so... surreal yet disturbing. It kinda makes me want to go abandon-mall hunting. XD As if these places are historical landmarks... which I kinda guess they are since they once did serve a purpose on our planet. Another thing that I found interesting was this specific quote, "That all changed in the 1990s. Cloverleaf’s best customers, women, began staying away from the mall, fearful of the youth who were beginning to congregate there. People started seeing kids with huge baggy pants and chains hanging off their belts, and people were intimidated, and they would say there were gangs.” ^ That right there personally relates to me. (not the mall though) Back in the day, we were all known as skaters.. goths.. punks. We wore trip pants with chains, mostly all black. We did look intimidating but as far as my group of friends go, we were completely harmless. We actually supported the mall by spending tons of money at the arcades due to that place being our hang out spot. We also ate in the food court like NO tomorrow. We were just as much as a customer as the next guy. That seems pretty spiteful.. But just out of curiosity, anyone else on here use to be a part of that group? Here's some of the pictures: