Dead mall

When I first moved to Silly Valley, I spent a lot of time at the Vallco Fashion Mall in Cupertino. It had a couple of half-decent bookstores, a food court, an arcade, a place to buy software, a Radio Shack (for emergencies), an optometrist, various places to buy clothing and shoes, and so on. What more could a young bachelor want?

Now, Vallco is very depressing. All of the bookstores are gone, there was an infestation of lower price shops (“shooz for $1!”), and now even the cut-rate shops are bailing. My guess is that at least 50 percent of the spaces are boarded-up. According to the dictionary at deadmalls.com, Valco is a second class (“high vacacancy rate, non-traditional occupancy”) or third class (“areas or entire mall sealed from public”) dead mall.

The Merc reports that a developer is interested in bringing the mall back, somehow. Details are missing. My guess is that it’s going to turn into a chinese-oriented mall (something that the developer protests he won’t do), but it would make a lot of sense, and there’s probably a need for it.

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