With all the crazy characters out there, shopping can often be a spectator sport for the rest of us more mundane browsers. Or it can turn into a free peepshow, as patrons of a California strip mall found out this weekend when two people who’d reportedly just met started humping each other in public.
The malls of America have seen better days. In the wake of the still-lingering economic downturn, vacancy rates at shopping centers — of both the “classic mall” and “strip mall” varieties — are at their highest levels since the twentieth century.
U.S. strip malls vacancies are up to a 5 1/2 year high of 7.4%, ripples of the sub-prime meltdown. [WSJ]