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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mall Walking

I hereby fulfill every blogger's secret fantasy of thoroughly humiliating oneself in public. With the streets and sidewalks still slushy and my daily treadmill routine becoming increasingly unpalatable, I did the unthinkable yesterday. I became a mall walker. What's more- I liked it. Doing laps around the largely vacant Metcalf South mall was a disorienting, almost psychedelic experience. Aside from the remaining anchors of Macy's and Sears, only two charities and a handful of knickknack shops were open. This recent video captures some of the site's haunting sadness.


  • At 10:21 AM, Blogger kcmeesha said…

    these malls are made for walking,and this what you should do,but don't try a busy mall,they'll walk all over you.

  • At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Rick in PV said…

    If there is anything sadder than an abandoned mall or big-box store, it might be the fate of a once-youthful man reduced to mall walking. ;-)

  • At 6:26 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    Dang. You've got me reminiscing about when the Home Depot at 95th and Metcalf was a Venture store and College Blvd. was 110th St.

  • At 6:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ul... try going back when the k-mart was the farmers market, an old farm house stood across the street (and only a very small pond i believe), north of that still stood the glenwood manor motor hotel and movie theater (one screen), metcalf south was shiny and new, joe's barn still served chicken around the corner on 95th, and there was no venture, etc.

    i guess i could go on about gravel roads south of 103rd on nall and roe and no I435, but there's little point.

    like all of us, the area has just gotten older, some changing with the times better than others.

    i'm actually surprised metcalf south is still there in it's entirety, even if mostly empty. - mike t.

  • At 10:30 AM, Anonymous KC Lowlife said…

    Thanks for the video. I've wondered for a long while why we went through phases of mall building and then phases of strip mall building.

    And nothing wrong with mall walking. It's better than twisting a knee on the damn ice or going nuts on the treadmill. Me, I just go till over my garden by hand to get my cardio.

  • At 9:05 AM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    I remember the French Market that used to be the K-Mart and attended more than one church picnic at the pond across the way before the land was developed. Used to go to church at the Glenwood Theater before the Holy Cross Catholic Church was built near 95th and Antioch. Even spent a night or 2 at the Glenwood Manor before we moved into our house at 101st and Metcalf.

  • At 10:48 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    Look what I found. I've developed a fully-fledged fascination with Metcalf South.


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