Google Now Owns The Mall From Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin'” Video
Ahhh, the 80s and 90s. The best way to spend an entire Saturday as a teenager was to get dropped off at the mall and hang out with your friends without your parents. I spent a lot of time at the Crystal Mall in Waterford, CT growing up. (Side note: my mom’s name is Crystal, and she worked at Sears when it opened. I was really little, but I remember being there for the unveiling of the crystal chandelier, and I told everyone the mall was named after my mom.)
Anyway… remember the video for “Free Fallin'”, where Tom Petty wanders around an empty mall strumming his guitar? The video includes shots of Petty strumming his guitar in the mall’s atrium, riding the escalator, and wandering the second-floor walkways. I was an avid watcher of MTV at the time, and I vividly remember this video. Well, that iconic mall now belongs to Google.
The tech giant has leased the former Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles, planning to convert the 584,000-square-foot facility into “creative office space”.
Malls don’t seem to last long nowadays. It’s sad in some ways. My kids hardly ever go to the mall. They’re definitely missing out on one of America’s favorite past times.