“What Goes Around Comes Around”

I first wrote about the Lloyd Center in Portland, Oregon in a post June 3, 2018. At that time I described the scene when I was 13 as the totally new shopping experience opened its doors. For the first time there was an alternative to the downtown retail scene where we had all purchased whatever couldn’t be ordered from the Sears or Wards catalogs. Downtown merchants feared the end of retail as they knew it.

This past month I found the newspaper article shown above on the right. The Lloyd Center has gone bankrupt, losing its major retail “anchors” over recent years and now losing out to on-line shopping, the new threat to all such malls. Possible uses include housing and offices, though even though the demand for office space is diminishing. Too many people are working from home apparently.

Lately I seem to be aware that I have lived through two ends of certain cycles. I had never heard of malls as a child, and now they are being abandoned right and left. You can even do an online tour of them. In a similar, but much less light hearted matter, I have lived through the national legalization of abortion and the likely return to abortion restrictions through out the country.

I always wondered about the phrase “what goes around, comes around.” I no longer wonder.

22 thoughts on ““What Goes Around Comes Around”

  1. They keep changing the rules so to speak. I do online shopping now since the pandemic. Even grocery items are ordered online. Jovy is back at their office this week. She doen’t have to drive, she is fetched and brought home by Grab cars c/o the bank.
    Twice now she brought free dinners from JP Morgan. They are so generous with their employees.

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  2. Having been born when computers were the stuff of sci-fi (in fact there wasn’t much in the way of sci-fi, come to think of it…) I’m sure there will be more changes before we shuffle off this mortal coil.

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  3. I lived when young in a small town with a vibrant high street and didn’t know what a shopping mall was. You could buy almost anything you could think of. I now live near a large town which has a mall where you can’t buy anything out of the ordinary at all. I recently wanted a new guitar amplifier and ended up buying online (but not from A–). What seems to have happened is that shopping has drifted towards the wealthier cities each with several malls – to four cities in the whole of the north of England and two in Scotland. Leeds has at least 3 big musical instrument shops. You have more choice if unfortunate enough to have to put up with life in the wealthy south.

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    1. The same is true in my working class town. No longer able to go to the store where everything from shoelaces to cement was available. I am amazed that I have to leave town or go on line to buy shoelaces. The mall actually has a shoelace kiosk! How stupid.

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