The guy wearing the orange vest saw me snapping a photo with my iPhone 8 and tapped me on the shoulder.
It was against the law to take photos inside Shoppingtown, he told me, calmly. It’s posted on all those white signs in the halls. If somebody from management sees a photo on my social media, they’ll send a cop over to my house to arrest me.
Why just the other day he told this to a teenager who resisted, and a policeman walked over to intervene.
I don’t want to get arrested, I said with a smile, putting my phone in my pocket.
I walked over and read one of those signs. Indeed, one of the 15 or so rules, down near the bottom, it says that you need to get permission first to take photographs in Shoppingtown.
I was taking pictures on a whim.
Having the day off from my library job, I had scooted over to Shoppingtown to buy tickets for the early evening Friday showing of Mary Poppins Returns for my dear wife Karen and I.
She thought the pre-Christmas crowd at Destiny USA on our side of the city would be too much, so suggested we head over to the east. I thought maybe there’d be a line on the opening weekend for this long-awaited sequel. I had a lovely chat with the agent, bought my two tickets, and took a little around the mall.
Regal Cinemas is holding on. There are not a lot other stores in Shoppingtown anymore.
But I am an optimistic guy on this blog. I found some cool photographs.
There were a bunch of guys sitting at a table in food court. Even though there are no longer any restaurants there, they choose to hang out in Shoppingtown!
Instead look at the above photo of Shoppingtown from space.
Three retail places on one side have refused to give in. Besides Regal, Rite Aid and a Nail salon are doing business. I was able to get all three in one photograph with creative positioning.
Instead look at this map I found through Google. Note that in 2018, it still lists Archbold Stadium. Maybe Shoppingtown can bounce back like this year’s Syracuse University football team!
One storefront was full of art, and even though a proprietor was not there, they listed a phone number to call if you wanted to buy something. I thought made a worthy statement compared to those pulling out altogether.
Instead appreciate this old aerial view.
I encountered several groups using Shoppingtown to get their walking exercise. They are not giving up these hall!
Instead, see the route’s they can walk from the center’s site. (Sears has closed, though.)
I have been a patron of Shoppingtown since I moved to Syracuse in the early 1980s. Done right, it balances the mega complex Destiny USA. I root for a comeback of some sort. Call me a cock-eyed optimist.