Thursday, April 03, 2014

Forgetting Mall Culture And Metcalf South



Check this rather nice moment of zen encouraging us to move forward and past mall culture . . . Look for some of your favorite and not so great pop culture references . . .



Deets . . .

A video essay about the world's fading mall culture. Malls used to be the place to go, now that is no longer the case. This serves as a reflection about that change. Video by Michael Wolfe and Jamie Scowcroft.

12 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Tony! This is YOUR world! Make no changes. Improve nothing! Pay no taxes! Send mom out for those deep fried pork wrap things at QT.

Anonymous said...

I like the guy with the mullet!

Anonymous said...

Somebody should do a documentary titled "Failed Shopping Centers of Johnson County." They are everywhere.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Werner Herzog is working on that fascinating subject.

Anonymous said...

But everyone WANTS DESPERATELY to move to Johnson County because its bucolic and perfect!!!!!!!!

How can this be?????????????????????

No one shops in KCMO everyone shops in awesome JoCo because of black people/streetcar/korruption!!!!!epic fail boondoggles....

This is bullshirt. This story is fake. Everything in Overland PArk is a thriving paradise of smartness and good

Carl, Mission Hills said...

The death of that mall was Oak Park Mall.

Frank and Sherman really shot themselves in the foot with that deal. Greed has a funny way of making you wake up and seeing your errors on down the line.

Anonymous said...

Fading mall culture? Really? Tell that to the mobs that invade Oak Park Mall.

Anonymous said...

its true, ive heard the sequel for werner herzogs 'wheres waldo?'
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvWh6PMi9Ek

is going to be 'wheres the middle class?'

Anonymous said...

8:29 seems to need some serious self-medicating.
Standing behind a MAX bus inhaling the fumes in a really urban environment should do the trick.
Then a tour of the unbelieveable two-block chain restaurants in the entertainment district.
And top it off with some brousing in the latest T-shirt store and some chow from a local food truck. How can the GOP possibly resist a
all this unique culture?

Anonymous said...

Oak Park Mall?

with its 11+% sales tax and its undemocratic TDD to pay for mostly vacant surface parking lots????



boondoggle,never work, hipsters, everyone will shop somewhere else, KC is not a "mall town" like other cities, coffeeshops, goes nowhere, toy mall

This isn't Houston! It will never be the Galleria! CK is ajoke.

Anonymous said...

That's the point 9:29. There is only one thriving traditional mall along the Bannister/95th Street stretch from KC to Lenexa where there used to be several.
In the 80s you could go from Bannister Mall, to Ward Parkway, to Metcalf South to Oak Park Mall.

Yes Ward Parkway is a little north of 95th but you get my point. Also Ward Parkway has made a comeback but not as a traditional mall. It is really more of the outdoor plaza type with a grocery storee (Trader Joes) as an anchor. In the old days you never saw a grocery store anchor a mall.

I think it is a combination of the Internet and the shrinking middle class. No one wants to charge up their credit cards at the mall when you aren't sure how much health insurance will cost or if you will still have your job next year.

Anonymous said...

+1 ^^^