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Old 12-10-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What I find interesting is that this has still not made the local newscasts? Imo, this is a major story.

I'm guessing that since there wasn't some kind of a horrible crime issue related, the local news channels don't deem this as a major story.

This is a major mall basically shutting down. There are plenty of people that would support the right mix of redeveloped uses there.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Stone Mountain
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Weeks ago I did see a story on Channel 2 when the electricity was turned off at the mall. I figured I'd soon see another story about the mall reopening but I never did, so I assumed I had just missed the story on the TV or in the AJC. I never would have guessed the mall closed. The report on Channel 2 said that Macy's and Sears had their own power meters, so if that wasn't the case I bet they would be closed now too.

The Union City city manager's press release announcing the mall was closing was issued November 24, the day before Thanksgiving. That might partly explain why we either missed the news or why the local news outlets themselves never reported the story. Also it's pretty clear that TV news and the AJC don't report much about what happens below I-20 in the metro area. Heck, it took the Fayette Citizen two weeks to report the story.
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Agreed John. Reading this news online via the citizen.com from Savannah, my reaction was: WHY HAVEN'T I ALREADY HEARD OF THIS? I was the first to tell friends and family who live near there about it. But then, maybe that's the heart of the issue: A mall closes, and nobody notices or even seems to care. It just didn't matter. No wonder the place went out of business.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:02 AM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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Havent' been there in years. Sad though, there wasn't much built around it but people drove to it. Now that the area has gotten tons more people they don't go to it.

The mall looked like crap anyway and really had the Flea Market feel. I believe crime was happening too much around there as well, scaring people off.

We have too many damn malls and I am shocked it wasn't closed earlier.
I agree with everything! Glad they closed it. Very low scale, cheap enviroment. Seemed to serve the ghetto shopper. The only thing that could save this called "mall" is WIC & EBT card users. Glad its closed for now.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I agree with everything! Glad they closed it. Very low scale, cheap enviroment. Seemed to serve the ghetto shopper. The only thing that could save this called "mall" is WIC & EBT card users. Glad its closed for now.
Sounds very much like a Jacksonville attitude to me. Are you actually opposed to a repositiononing to a more vibrant, mixed-use development?
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:22 AM
 
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John anything is better than what it is now. I wouldn't be surprised people that moved there aren't even aware it exists. That big wal-mart is right next to it.

What is sad is all this sprawl. Builders continue to build on new lots/land instead of somehow buying old lots an fixing them. Then residents are stuck with EYE-SORES for years.
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