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Old 06-02-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Expatriate Philadelphian in Northern Virginia
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The Landmark area aint exactly "economically disadvantaged" for the most part. We have a large population of professionals who cant quite afford Old Town but still make some serious cake.

Landmark's demise has less to do with the population and more to do with the city's dragging of the feet to address it and the dying industry of indoor malls.
That's interesting to know about the professional population there. I guess I assumed that comfortable-but-not-wealthy people who couldn't or wouldn't do Old Town leapfrogged over to Kingstowne or Arlington or something... You learn something new everyday.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Arlington, Virginia
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Good points. Stores and businesses come and go, and have been from the beginning of time because society is always changing. People buy things over the internet now, so IMO, malls need to realize times have changed and stop focusing so much on shopping. Indoor mall spaces need to morph into entertainment/athletic areas. As I said in the other thread on this subject, I can see the Lord & Taylor being converted into an incredible skateboard park.
Actually i talked about this at work yesterday and he suggested that the L&T store turn into a skating rink or a two level dance club. My vote would be for Dave and Buster's so my friends wouldnt have to make the drive from Manassas/Woodbridge to Bethesda to kick it.
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Old 06-03-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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I was speaking with someone at a chain store in the Springfield Mall about their Landmark location and she said the rent was SO cheap that if they had 2 sales in a week, they could still afford to stay open. Sounds like a rock and a hard place - rent too high and stores leave, rent too cheap and mom/pop shops open and clientele goes down.

I go to Landmark for Sears, and really, that's it. It's a bit of an eyesore.
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Old 06-03-2009, 03:13 PM
 
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