Originally Posted by emrldsky
I do have to say, however, that the two malls I have consistently visited throughout my life ARE suffering, not because of stores leaving, but because of the increase in the presence of gangs.
My DH thinks I'm silly, but I refuse to go the mall around here when it starts to get dark because of that. The mall I went to growing up, has the same problem but it's more prevalent.
The good news is that this city is cracking down on gang tagging and activity. Crime has gone down, but it's still much higher than it was when I first moved here in 2000.
The ones where I grew up have been struggling from that. One of them had a huge gang invasion and they did a total overhaul and closed down portions, revamping it (now the Target has moved in here Wards used to be). The gangs aren't there as much... I haven't seen it in a while, but last time i was down there, the gang activity had moved to the other close-by mall... I don't know how they're doing right now... but I'll be down there in a couple of weeks, so I'll be able to report back.
Originally Posted by mrblanche
Many go from relatively healthy to dying in less than a year. Put in a quiet summer between two bad Christmas seasons, have a major anchor store leave (or go bankrupt, as happened to Montgomery Wards), and you end up with a huge overhead and insufficient income.
Bayfair Mall (the one I mentioned above) had expanded, then the gangs moved in, and it started dying... pretty quickly. Wards died, and other stores started to leave. They closed down a chunk of it (largely the older parts), and remodeled... they enticed Target to move in to where Wards used to be... now, they have a clean, active mall.
The BIG mall here, Lloyd Center, I rarely go into. I refuse to go near it around Christmas time. It's insanely active and just not my thing. That said... they have a thriving ice rink, several department stores, Barnes & Noble, medical offices on upper levels, a movie theater... you name it. The biggest advantage? They're a one block walk from a MAX (primary train transit line) station. You walk across a tree-filled park at that. The convention center is a few blocks away, there are hotels, etc... the big one is that, even though there's plenty of parking, the public transit is also easy to access.
Standard suburban malls are struggling, yes. Many aren't as connected to the community as they used to be... pair that with a struggling economy and other issues, it's tough going for big malls....