Remember shopping?

Yeah, I used to do some of that:

I have been a little disturbed the way shopping malls seem to be dying. I personally don’t have much use for them. My wife can spend hours shopping there. Busy, well kept malls are a pretty good indicator of a healthy economy, which means people are working which should mean they are earning enough money to take care of themselves. When I see vacant store fronts and trash blowing around in the parking lot I take it as a sign that things aren’t going so well. Washington Square Mall is a big local mall and it seems to be doing well, except there was a big Sears store there and now it is closed.

So I have been wondering what was going to happen with these dinosaurs and now we know. I don’t buy much these days, I pretty much have everything I need, but occasionally I will buy something from Amazon, usually a book, and I won’t have to pay for it because I have enough points on my credit card to cover a $10 purchase. I used to be a big fan of cash, but now I use a credit card for almost everything. I can’t really explain why I made the change, except perhaps because I carry my cash in my wallet which I carry in my hip pocket and getting it out when I am sitting in the car (buying gasoline or going through a fast food drive through) requires contorting my body enough to get my behind off of the seat so I can get my wallet out. I carry my credit card in sleeve I keep in my front pocket and getting the card out of there isn’t such an ordeal. Or maybe all the credit card advertisements convinced my subconscious that my world would be filled with light and happiness if I used a credit card for everything.

It could be worse. Writing a check is, if not quite infinitely slower, certainly the sort of thing that detracts from one’s speed.


  1. The Other McCain »

    24 May 2019 · 7:56 am

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  2. Brian J. »

    24 May 2019 · 8:13 am

    The Battlefield Mall here in Springfield is still doing okay as far as I can tell, but it is a regional retail hub which is unlike others.

    However, the strip malls are getting built up out in the hinterlands, so its continued viability is subject to change.

  3. McGehee »

    24 May 2019 · 12:20 pm

    A lot of indoor malls are in trouble, though not all — but the high-density big-boxes-anchoring-strip-malls type of retail district seems to be thriving in most growing communities. It certainly is in Newnan, which doesn’t have an indoor mall (anymore) within 30 miles. The closest one we ever had, about 15 miles away, died years ago, has been demolished, and its site now occupied by a movie studio complex.

    Sacramento had one of its first malls bulldozed long ago and the site now hosts a Walmart Supercenter amid a big-box district that had gone to seed aong with the rest of the neighborhood by the time I moved away 25 years ago.

    It might be a useful study to examine the impact of malls on the quality of neighboring residential neighborhoods; I suspect that, in the long term, they’ve been a consistent detriment.

  4. hollyh »

    24 May 2019 · 1:33 pm

    As an Old Folke who adores her local mall for indoor walks, I curse Amazon for the future demise of my mall.

    Yet I probably have five things on order as we speak.

  5. CGHill »

    24 May 2019 · 5:48 pm

    Penn Square Mall, a mile to my east, is the highest-zoot mall in these parts, but the motley collection of stores that want to be near it are not especially blessed with zoot. (50 Penn Place, across the Distressway, gets Brownie points for being vertically oriented, though it’s mostly office space from the third floor up.)

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