The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Malls We Have Loved

Urban commentator Heather Brandon recently sent me a link to a website by a person who is obsessive about malls and which features some of the ones here in our Valley. As you will see, this dude really knows malls! Once you've read up on them, you'll never look at your post-payday or after school hangout the same way again.

For a pictorial, historical and architectural overview of Springfield's Eastfield Mall click here.

As for here in the north Valley, the following aerial photo shows the two main Route Nine malls in Hadley. Notice that Route Nine is called "Russell St." the old term the locals used to use, and sometimes still do.

To study the Hampshire Mall, click here:

The Mountain Farms Mall is located across the street, and fell into "dead mall" status for a time before being brought back to life by the arrival of Wal-Mart. Check out these historic photographs from its dark past by clicking here.

Finally, here's something about second thoughts.

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