Monday, December 07, 2015
Laying Waste to my Teenage Hangout
Over the years the Miracle City Mall fell into decline. First Belk Lindsey closed, to be followed by a series of clearance outlets and discount stores, then the stores in the mall started leaving as their leases expired. The last time I was in the Mall, 3-4 years ago, there were only about 5 open businesses. Really sad. When JC Penneys 50 year lease expired the store closed, and with it the Mall. Plans were announced to replace the Mall, with a "Big Box Town Center" with retail on the ground floor and residential above.
Hence when I was in Titusville over Thanksgiving, (my parents still live there,) I went by and Mall is gone, a pile of rubble and dust on the wind is all that is left of my teenage hangout.
Sad yet exciting. I look forward to improved shopping options for family and friends who still live in the area, and yet sad, I had some good times in that place. Only once did I ride a bike down through the middle of the Mall, I got out before the Mall-Cop could catch up with me. I have never told anyone about that. It was long before the era of video security cameras (the only video surveillance was on the Flagship Bank ATM on the side entrance.) I did and got away with it.
I was a "good kid." Good kids can get away with things, because no one suspects that we might color outside the lines once in a while. There was the Donkey in the high school, I will have to tell you about that story someday.