Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Northcross Mall Video
I found this video on you tube and found it to be a good summarizing of why I am interested in malls. Most teenage boys go to malls to meet and look at girls. When we were younger our parents dragged us there to look at things for hours, and to pass the time we got into trouble. Me and my friends are the reason that the nearby mall installed bumps in the middle of the escalators to stop people from sliding down in between the railings. We also would take our skateboards and ride in the parking lot to impress our girlfriends of the day. (Credit to freekpath on you tube for the video.)
Northcross mall featured in this video was once a bustling mall in Austin. It was anchored by Bealls and Oshman's (later Sports Authority). The mall had an ice skating rink by the food court. On a trip to Austin in the early 1990's me and a friend were dropped off in this mall for a few hours, and I had a chance to see it in its hayday. I did not return to this mall until 2005, and the mall was nearly empty. Bealls, comic book shops, the ice rink, and some offices were all that was left. In most malls the anchors are clearly facing the mall, but in this mall you had to make a right turn at the two ends of the mall to enter the anchors. In 2008 we returned to the mall to find only a small hallway left with a guitar center, a training school and the ice skating rink left. The old Oshman's has been demolished and there is a Wal-Mart scheduled to begin construction on that portion of the mall property. If any readers have any more information about this mall please add a comment.