all 4 comments

[–]strangelove 4 insightful - 2 fun4 insightful - 1 fun5 insightful - 2 fun -  (0 children)

I'd put forward that the increase in internet connected mobile devices/ubiquity of net at home would be putting a dent in the 'mall industry' as well. Why be bothered to get dressed and spend time/fuel driving out to a cess pit of consumerism where you have to deal with parking, other people gawking/bothering you/competing for the same products/asking you if you want help and then making you feel bad if you just want to browse a little longer, not to mention the paralysis of there being so many options- perhaps not all that appealing to you. All of this contributing to the loss of an entire day or part of one anyway, when you can get straight to the point on your devices (with arguably MORE options) and have all the stuff waiting for you at your front door. The question should be, why WOULD you choose to go to the mall? And I get that it can be a social activity but c'mon, maybe I'm just a grouch, but, window shopping, retail therapy and KFC as bonding? Hard pass.

[–]HeyImSancho 2 insightful - 3 fun2 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 3 fun -  (0 children)

it's showing of American culture, and industry being flushed down the toilets. Malls went the direction of politically correct back around the early 90's, the gun stores, and similar which brought the men, who brought the families, were phased out. They were bad, and taboo.

The other stores that stayed were orientated to women, and children; for the most part. Men quit going, which meant family units quit going.

With the gun stores, and similar being 'bad', malls kinda got a PC status. If you were a small mom, and pop wanting a small store in the mall, it was becoming harder, as the continual slide meant less organic shoppers; the stores also slid into corporate consumerism where you could get the same stuff anywhere else.

So back to the family units. Women, and children still went. The women went clothes shopping, or similar, and the kids were let loose to run in the arcades, or other kiddie entertainment.

Single men took note of this, and machismo rules the day on that, so we've got half family units in the malls, being solicited by single younger men, and presto, a few less people going to the malls once again. It's sad, because so much of at least North America is either hot half the year, or freezing ass cold; the malls originally without discrimination towards stores, brought whole family units into an enclosed open space where they could mingle, talk, shop, and have fun.

I mean all that I wrote is simply my stinky opinion, and experience, like assholes, we've all got one ;)

[–]Gall0wB00b 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Let them die out. Putting all stores in one single location is stupid and all it does is promote using cars to travel (since most people don't live close to a mall). A much better alternative is having lots of small stores around the town/city. That way most people would live within walking distance of a store and fewer people would use cars. TLDR: Malls lead to more cars

[–]deleted 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

The problem is that there are always the same damn stores. I wish they'd rotate out every couple years..