posted on Jan, 25 2012 @ 01:15 AM
reply to post by iunlimited491
Very interesting idea/topic. For a about four years, I used to visit the Mall of Memphis. My friends and I would drive there from Blytheville Air
Force Base (a.k.a. Eaker AFB), Arkansas. The Mall of Memphis was about 1.5 hours away, a short drive for a large dose of civilization in the form of
an actual mall, and, of course, Memphis. I eventually moved away, but always had fond memories of spending good times in that mall with my friends.
Segue a decade or two into the future.
I learned that the Mall of Memphis (which possessed an Olympic-class interior skating rink overlooked by a second-story food court (no small measure)
had been razed to the ground and became a grass lot. What!? I investigated what I'd been told by a random player during an internet poker chat. It
was true. The mall was no more. Further, it had been completely demolished. Apparently, some murders in the mall and parking lot permanently ruined
its reputation and it became known as the "Mall of Murder." I was saddened that such an important setting from my early adult years was gone. I
could never revisit that place in person again...
So, your thread got me to thinking that there are surely many malls across the country that probably have NOT been demolished. I think that an
abandoned mall would be an interesting place to visit, especially if a person has a direct, personal connection to it. But, even if a person didn't
have a direct connection to a particular mall, there are enough *similarities* to bring back strong emotions. Most malls have similar stores and food
court establishments. While particulars might differ, the broad strokes of mall memories might be very similar. Maybe this is why several zombie
movies have been set in malls.... Because we have fond memories (mostly) from malls, and what better way to illustrate what we've lost than by
setting a dramatic confrontation with the undead in a place that holds good memories for most people as a reminder of what we've lost.
So, for me, it's a deserted mall. I imagine it would be (as Shakespeare said) "such sweet sorrow."