On June 24, prior to its closing, I traveled up to Metrocenter to take some final photos. Here are a few of them
Prior to its closing next week, I thought I’d make one final trip to Metrocenter to see it before the lights turn off for good June 30. I grew up close to this mall and visited it more than I probably care to admit in the 1990s.
I wrote an appreciation essay on Metrocenter earlier this week, which I invite you to read first before viewing the photos.
One of the main entrances to the mall building
Current and former retailers
I never appreciated it until now, but the former Robinson’s / Macy’s store (now a U-Haul?) has a definite New Formalism aesthetic to it.
A detached Walmart replaced the former Broadway in 2016-2017
The former JCPenney (and before that, Dillard’s, Joske’s, and Rhodes) is now a self-storage. Note the symmetry of the building (the black glass is/was an elevator)
Another mall entrance
Sears (closed 2018)
From the north, the Sears was a box on top of a plinth
If you didn’t know already
This sticker was still on the door of the Sears
Now we go inside. You can see elements of the original architecture but also the postmodern nonsense they put on top of it
Another interior shot. This is the east-west corridor
Even the security guards are mailing it in
The Dillard’s clearance outlet is now only accessible from the outside, but the atrium still shows some of the original 1973 architecture
Short-term leases are available – act today, we’re gone tomorrow!
And, finally, this sad balloon sums it all up.
On 1 May 2020, a military flyover was conducted to show support for those leading the fight against the COVID-19 crisis.
On 1 May 2020, a military flyover was conducted to show support for those leading the fight against the COVID-19 crisis. The path wound through Phoenix, flying over midtown Phoenix for this photo opportunity:
In this edition of The Quarantine LEGO: The Saturn S-IC first stage is completed!
In this edition of The Quarantine LEGO: The final exterior cladding of the S-IC first stage is completed
In this edition of The Quarantine LEGO: Work on the S-IC first stage nears completion
The S-IC interstage is complete and some sound equipment wants to be a part of the photo
In this edition of The Quarantine LEGO: More touches are put on the side of the Saturn V S-IC first stage.
In this edition of The Quarantine LEGO: Day 2 of assembly of the LEGO Saturn V
Two photos of smoke rising outside downtown Phoenix
If you’re wondering what that smoke is by the State Fair Grounds, it’s a scrap-yard fire near 21st Ave and McDowell. No, it’s not someone’s fried funnel cake getting cooked a bit too much.
But what surreal scenes: the joy of the State Fair juxtaposed against the destruction of fire.