The Fascinating, Nostalgic, And Sometimes Tragic History Of Retail In The South (or, where a late night internet rabbit trail can lead you)

I’m in the midst of reading Tom Wolfe’s amazing book From Bauhaus To Our House (which will probably merit its own post when I’m done), so I started digging around on the internet last night looking at sites about architecture. A list of buildings in Atlanta led me to reminiscing about Cobb Center, a mall I remember fondly from my days in Marietta many years ago…

…which led me to the Sky City: Southern Retail Then And Now site. This incredible site took me back to places I barely remember (South DeKalb Mall), places that don’t exist anymore (Rich’s, Richway), and to dozens of rundown, closed, or abandoned malls throughout the South. I learned quite a bit about places I love, like Georgia Square Mall in Athens; I never knew that it was called the “Disco Mall” in its early days because it perfectly encapsulated the architecture of its time (in fact, someone said that it looks “retro” instead of dated today, nearly thirty years after it opened). I walked a bittersweet path down memory lane, and I felt the empty, hollow sadness at seeing empty, long-forgotten retail centers.

And, next thing I knew, it was 12:45 in the morning…

It’s amazing where one of those internet rabbit trails can take you…

If you’re a Southerner, I highly recommend this site.

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5 thoughts on “The Fascinating, Nostalgic, And Sometimes Tragic History Of Retail In The South (or, where a late night internet rabbit trail can lead you)

  1. Chris-
    Thanks for sharing. I remember the old Columbia mall as an inside/outside mall. It was later renamed and remodeled as the Avondale mall.
    This has given me an idea for a blog post for my work post. Thanks again.
    Amanda

  2. Great post! I found you on Twitter via Karen Handel’s page and started reading your blog and found it really interesting!

    Anyway, I love this kind of stuff and will have to check out the website… and I so miss Rich’s!

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