One thing I have learned in this world is that there is constant change. Nothing stays the same.
I would love to believe that this is the result of the American myth of getting ahead by working hard, but given the present prevelance of kleptomania grifting, I have to wonder if these are not bankers, recovery act funded contractors, and public "servants" all first in line to receive the benefits of Bernanke's largesse at taxpayer expense.
I can't afford anything but Walmart anyway, though, so it's not a major concern of mine. I do wish the Malls weren't all shot in this area though. When my kids were younger we could have a good time shopping around the mall and seeing a lot of stuff without buying much and it was an awful lot nicer than getting run over by fat folks in Wally World. We usually shopped one week night and then would actually buy something on Saturday in the afternoon when we did a followup trip and they thought it was a real treat to hang around and see the other kids their age, etc. It was a lot more social I guess. Now, though, everyone is typing with their thumbs and walking into one another anyway so the Mall probably wouldn't be the same either.
Another problem is that Malls have become gang hang outs.
But we are told, the economy is rebounding.
I remember when there was opposition to malls because they would hurt traditional main street businesses.
Edward J. DeBartolo is deeply saddened.
Letting the kids dictate the shopping venue’s atmosphere cuts out adults. “Hanging out” in a place that requires spending money is a call for trouble. And letting social rules be set by bored, unsupervised kids leads to violence.
I don’t go to malls but maybe once a year, but if I do, it’s an upscale one to buy their cheapest stuff. Because, unlike the “affordable” malls, they have security, don’t let the kids cause trouble, and no one ever jokes about how light the crowds are after a shooting.
Obviously what is needed is a program by the Obama administration to subsidize the under performing malls until they get back on their feet.