Thursday, December 27, 2018
TONY'S KANSAS CITY #TBT QUESTION: IS OAK PARK MALL BECOMING THE NEW BANNISTER MALL?!??!
Another recent shooting at an embattled shopping mall bring an important question to the forefront amid harsh times for retail merchants.
Old school readers remember Bannister Mall and the story of its demise well. Just like Oak Park, the parking lot was the main source of trouble whilst fear ruled the discussion and popular perceptions far more than any real risk. There were a few mall fights, brutal parking lot attacks along with security crackdowns hoping to retain order -- Eventually retailers gave up on the location that was forced to close long after shoppers of every demographic abandoned the location.
And so, apropos for #TBT and this season of shopping . . .
GIVEN THE RECENT SPATE OF GUNFIRE: IS OAK PARK MALL ON THE SAME PATH AS BANNISTER MALL?!?!?
In fairness, Amazon might pose a greater threat to the mall than gunfire but there's no denying that gunfire and local shoppers running for cover captivates the public. Still, so many photos of dead malls throughout the metro and the nation strike fear into the hearts of locals who don't want an empty retail sarcophagus in their backyard.
And so we offer the question to our critical blog community as shopping mall shooting becomes Oak Park ritual and a countdown to an innocent person getting hurt by the crossfire.
Check the links . . .
KSHB: Witnesses recount confusion, shock after gunshots fired outside Oak Park Mall
Fox4: Suspect who fired shots outside Oak Park Mall is still on the run
KCTV5: Overland Park police investigating shots fired in parking lot of Oak Park Mall
You decide . . .