Lexington, Kentucky’s second indoor mall, the aptly named Lexington Mall, opened in 1975 with McAlpin’s, Shoppers Choice Supermarket and a discount center as its anchors and 46 tenants. It’s completion was marred only by the bankruptcy of its original developers, which left much of the center concourse unfinished for several years. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s, the center boasted 100% occupancy rates, only to begin unraveling when the Fayette Mall began its expansion in 1993 and again with the completion of the first phase of Hamburg Pavilion in 1998. By the end of the 20th century, most of the tenants in Lexington Mall had left, leaving Dillard’s (successor to McAlpin’s) as the only tenant until it too vacated in September 2005. Read More
Descending into the hills of Kentucky, which is my home territory, is something of a ritual.
Or a fix. It’s similar to a drug that you need frequent doses of to really admire. The forested hills, the rural, dated landscape, the small towns, the 24-hour diners serving up the greasiest of foods and loads of straight black coffee. Out here, the faux city life is not wanted; it’s all about basic attire, hardworking folks who toil to make electricity for us, rustic trucks, and a hometown warmth. Read More
This Ashland Gasoline Station is located along KY 15 in Jackson, Kentucky and is in danger of being demolished. It is the only Ashland station that I have discovered with an Ashland “A” logo on the side, an unmodified exterior and an Ashland station logo. It was in operation until very recently, and it may have been open to allow Marathon to retain the Ashland trademark in the state. Read More
The Foundry at South Strabane, a retail development near Washington, Pennsylvania, will be demolished. The first tenant to locate at The Foundry was JCPenny’s in February 2007, after it relocated from the languishing Washington Mall. Other tenants included Ross Dress for Less and Bed Bath & Beyond. But the development, built atop an old mine dump and steep hillside, began to settle and the buildings began exhibiting structural failures. Read More
The Paramount Theatre is located in Youngstown, Ohio and was originally known as the Liberty Theatre. Designed by Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, with Stanley & Scheibel serving as associate architects, the vaudeville house opened on February 11, 1918 with the production of “A Modern Musketeer.” The late Neo-classical, Ecole des Beaux Arts exterior featured terra cotta ornamentation, while the interior featured ornate plaster detailing and 1,700 seats. Read More
There is a lot of commonality between Youngstown, Ohio and the Ohio River valley that I grew up within near Ironton. Both are areas that have experienced major employment losses, either due to a declining steel mill or other heavy industries; both are areas that have experienced population declines in the cities; both are areas that are impoverished. But the severity of Youngstown’s losses are hard to compare to. Read More
I suppose I should add my take on a recent e-mail that I received, which will be redacted to ensure the privacy of the other party. I had not thought of posting it on here, but it seems that it has now made its way to TechDirt! Read More