With so much lame election excitement it was nice to get a look at the real world last night and see that the long downward spiral of the American Dream didn’t start with The Black President and won’t be fixed by Angry Teabagging Seniors.
The fail of consumer culture became evident to me last night as I walked through Metro Mall a little bit after 7 in the PM with very few souls or stores accompanying my visit.
It’s a nice little microcosm of corporate futility but a few things became clear to me during my brisk walk in this shopping sarcophagus.
There really just isn’t anything that will save this place.
I hear there’s a plan to develop ANOTHER local condo development and maybe turn it into a Zona Rosa part II. But it was suburban over-development that killed the place from the get-go. The logic that would fix this sad testament to corporate greed with development is analogous to curing a crack addiction problem with more crack.
There’s always that good old fashioned hope that "the economy will turn around" but I’m guessing that Jesus Christ could open up a carpentry store in this place and nobody would bother to show.
Folks with good memories might recollect that the demise of former American Retail Giant Montgomery Ward facilitated the last few coffin nails at Metro North.
I’m sure there might be folks out there with some ideas to restore the place to its former glory but there just isn’t any kind of entertainment option that’s viable for the place. This old school pony was kinda cool but obviously doesn’t work when it comes to drawing any consumers other than maybe the ghosts of dead toddlers.
Seriously, this place was more depressing than an abandoned Drive-In Movie theater. The only big store left in the place is Macy’s. The old school retailer was already well-prepared for the X-mas Season.
Yeah, the most wonderful time of the year is gonna suck despite so much hope for the failure of The Black President.