I’m a bit late to report this due to the holidays, but Labelscar received a very high-profile mention in the last issue of The Economist, which just leapt off of newsstands. Sorry about that one!
It’s a pretty great article about America’s shifting love affair with the enclosed shopping mall and touches quite a bit on mall godfather Victor Gruen, whose biography, Mall Maker, I just finished. (I might wager to say that the author of this piece even read the same biography…). Anyway, there’s a passing mention of both us and DeadMalls buried deep in the article, and we had no idea this was even going to appear, so it was a nice little late Christmas present. Check it out:
“So many malls have died or are dying that a new hobby has appeared: amateur shopping-mall history. Like many esoteric pursuits, this has been facilitated by the internet. Websites such as Deadmalls.com and Labelscar.com collect pictures of weedy car parks and empty food courts and try to explain how once-thriving shopping centres began to spiral downward. Some of the recollections are faintly ironic or gloating. Yet the strongest note is anguish. Implausibly, these online histories reveal the deep emotional connections that people can establish with malls.”