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Re: New Life for Dying Malls

Looks like something you'd live in in an old-style communist country.  

 

Old malls should be knocked down and something more modern and useful.  I think some new apartments would be far better than this.  It looks like a crime scene waiting to happen.

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Re: New Life for Dying Malls

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I would not like to live in a mall apartment. There would be the issue of getting to and from your car which can be dangerous. 

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Re: New Life for Dying Malls

I know of a mall that has apartments adjacent to the stores but they are separate, different elevators and garages

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Re: New Life for Dying Malls

I am quite the shopper, so having the opportunity to live in an apartment in a repurposed mall would thrill me. I think this idea is smart. Sign me up!

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I think it's a good solution instead of letting malls go abandoned/torn down. It should be rentals, (not that you can own). It would be great it if was affordable housing. (background checks and limit number of people per unit)

 

 

So many abandoned malls. (pictures)

https://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/completely-surreal-pictures-of-americas-abandoned-malls?utm_term=.jx...

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Re: New Life for Dying Malls

As someone who experienced communal living in the late 60's and early 70's( on a farm though), living in a repurposed mall sounds good to me.

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Re: New Life for Dying Malls


@ROMARY wrote:

Just  a couple of weeks ago, I ran across a rumor re: our local mall.  Apts. above the stores.  Well, where space is scarce, I understand that plan.   Reminds me of when most family stores were underneath apartments/flats above.  At the time, it was handy for families.  One spouse would work somewhere else, and the other spouse would 'stay at home', working and minding the store.  A way to 'get ahead'; 'move on up', etc.


I remember that too.  A family friend was a tailor and had his own shop with the apartment upstairs where the family lived.  In Queens, N.Y. and other boroughs as well, many families lived in an apartment above their store.

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Re: New Life for Dying Malls

They look very tiny, and with that set-up, I think safety is an issue.
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@MarieIG wrote:
They look very tiny, and with that set-up, I think safety is an issue.

 

 

I don't mind small living spaces. I would be concerned about the noise factor. Will it sound like a motel?

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@Sooner wrote:

Looks like something you'd live in in an old-style communist country.  

 

Old malls should be knocked down and something more modern and useful.  I think some new apartments would be far better than this.  It looks like a crime scene waiting to happen.


I think that it would be better if something new were built, too.

 

I noticed in the model of the one small unit that was shown, that there isn't a stove, and that there isn't much storage space, either.

 

I can appreciate small spaces.

 

I still think that I'd like to have some space for cooking and to be able to use some small appliances, too.