Right, that makes sense, fergo.
This gets me thinking of a future where mall outlets are comprised of business professionals, like docs and lawyers and suit-wearing folks.
And the halls' usual muzak remains (cuz I like to think it keeps playing after the place powers down, like some Ancient One's dreams pouring out into the landscape - yeah...malls as Lovecraftian Chthulu monsters...writing prompt!) but instead of bored teens getting neck cramps from phone-stare-lock, flocked near refreshment stands, you have suit-wearing, suitcase-holding, misters and missuses, going on about adult things, like suit-wearing adults are wont to do, sipping frappalattes and checking watches and clocks for upcoming appointments in those outlets.
And maybe they'd bring back Bank stands serving money and/or coffee, like we had when our giant city mall first opened here (well, just for money):
These looked cool and it was odd how they had money (in safes, I guess) and locally did mass amounts of cross-locale accounting business in days before computers were a thing of the present.
Just imagining this today, as an overgrown man-cube, puts the cycle of shopping mall life into perspective, as they grew out of the late 60s as a great new hotspot (and they were) and settled only later in the 80s as a mainstay.
That line in Dawn of the Dead as they're first circling the Monroeville Mall in the chopper always struck me: "What is it?" says Peter.
"One of those big indoor malls" answers Roger, cuz these apparently were not the daily outing of everyone, in the mid-to-late 70s (when this script was written).
I grew up in malls, and they remain as much sacred ground as the few remaining single-screen movie theaters.
Their presence always seemed a given, and I guess cyberlife has given us the ultimate Amazon/eBay type of malls, where everybody congregates for buys from their living rooms, but not for social flocking and talking. Actually, given we can choose our like-minded friends for cool chats, like in these forums, that's an improvement as well.
In any case, it's great seeing these dead mall structures, in their ghostlike nature, as they can be filled up mentally with folks and stores from all eras (or zombies!, Can't help it).
Edited by Atari Adventure Square, 08 October 2016 - 01:31 AM.