When was the last time you visited the Tallahassee Mall? And were you actually there to shop, or did you just go to the movies? Sadly, the shopping center that was Tallahassee’s first official mall over 40 years ago now struggles to survive, following foreclosure last year due to debt exceeding $55 million. Some say they don’t go to this mall because there aren’t any stores worth shopping at; others say the young trouble-makers that crawl the mall on a daily basis are what keep them away. So which came first? Did we all just stop shopping there, forcing stores to move out? Or did the mall ‘s management drive away stores with steep rent and/or inadequate facilities? And either way, where does this leave us as a community?
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