Monday, April 19, 2021

'The Rise and Fall of American Malls' updates tales of the Retail Apocalypse for the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News

I just realized that Earth Day is this coming Thursday, so I am moving up my planned post about the Retail Apocalypse from Friday to today and the retrospective about entertainment from Thursday to Friday.* It helped that Bloomberg Quicktake uploaded The Rise and Fall of American Malls last week, making it the perfect video to update my readers about the Retail Apocalypse.

Part social gathering spaces, part retail meccas, malls were once the centerpiece of the suburban American experience. Now, faced with challenges from all sides, most are barely hanging on. Here's what happened to American malls.
Bloomberg not only recounted the history of malls, but explained what malls mean for the communities around them and described what can be done with decommissioned malls beyond retail. I think all three solutions, office space, education, and "re-greening," should be considered. The first two help maintain jobs and the last would improve the environment.

Follow over the jump for the top stories about the Retail Apocalypse and the economy from the tenth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.

Many stores closing for good even as the economy reopens, a tale of the Retail Apocalypse and COVID-19 pandemic from May 27, 2020 was the most read entry about the Retail Apocalypse during the tenth year of this blog. It was the most read entry posted during May 2020 with 845 default and 852 raw page views earned by Tengrain sharing the link at Crooks&Liars and then my sharing the link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page. The first share resulted in the taller spike and the second the much shorter spike, which didn't result in then entry earning enough page views to make the top twenty for June 2020. Although the entry did not make the default top twenty posts by the end of the year, it continued to gain page views, earning a total of 1025 raw page views by March 20, 2021 to rank 23rd overall and 21st among entries posted during the blogging year just ended. Staying power!

CNN Business asks 'How can the stock market be booming while millions are out of work?' September 26, 2020 was the next most read entry about the economy created by the pandemic. This entry made the monthly top twenty twice. First, it earned 660 default and 661 raw page view after I shared the link at the Coffee Party USA Facebook page and Infidel 753 shared the link at Crooks & Liars, ranking it fourth overall and third among entries posted during September 2020. Infidel 753 shared it again at his blog, which helped the entry earn 191 default and 215 raw page views during October 2020, ranking it fifteenth according to the former statistic and sixteenth according to the latter for the month. The graph above shows all three spikes in readership which earned the post 875 total raw page views over two months. The entry continued to gain page views, ending the blogging year just ended with 931 total raw page views to rank 27th overall and 25th among last year's posts.

I will resume this series on Flashback Friday. In the meantime, stay tuned for marijuana legalization for 4/20.

*That works out well for me, as the featured post is about an Oscar nominee and the Oscars are next Sunday.

Previous posts in this series Previous retrospectives about the Retail Apocalypse.

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