As a kid, I spent a lot of time in malls – less as a rampant consumer than as a bored teenager, but still it was a place to go. Said malls usually had one or two stores I loved to shop in, typically a video arcade or a Waldenbooks (about the only place I could find AD&D manuals and sci-fi/fantasy pulp fiction). They also had junk food, shelter from Wisconsin winters and summers, and age appropriate girls.
As an adult, I can’t stand malls and I spend as little time in them as is needed to get what I need and be gone. Yet I can’t help being a bit sad to see many of them struggling and shuttering, especially some of the ones that were a part of my formative years. As an adult, it is interesting to look back – further back than my own birth – to see some of the history of the places. This link has some history on a mall that was a place I frequented until I left home for the Navy (and even during the few times I’ve gone back home). I remember going there to buy a shirt for my mother’s funeral service, because I had to deliver the eulogy and the shirt I had packed had been ruined by a too hot iron.
Lots of memories in these places, for many of us, I suspect.
I was born into the era of malls. The nostalgia is there, but I won’t miss them terribly if they vanish. I hope they do become better places, parks, centers of community, more mixed use urban spaces – or even just better malls – something more than just box like enclosed shopping plazas.
This thread is reporting what is happening at Michael Avenatti's sentencing live:
OK - Michael Avenatti's sentencing in the Nike case is beginning @SDNYLIVE. Avenatti present in suit and black COVID mask. Inner City Press will live tweet, thread below. Song, with audio from exhibit at trial: https://t.co/nZB0qwMBAt
Judge Gardephe: There was ample evidence Mr. Avenatti had no genuine interest in performing an internal investigation. His objections are overruled. 2 levels are added for abuse of trust. Offense level is 31. No criminal history. Guideline is 108 to 135 months
Judge Gardephe: He transferred to Penn and worked full time, then GWU law school. He worked full time and attended evening classes. He worked at King & Spalding. He went to O'Melveny and Myers. He started his own firm in 2006. The guidelines start at 108 months.
Judge Gardephe: So I will not impose a fine. He must pay the $100 special assessment. The US wants restitution to Nike. The submissions are not adequate. The billing records are redacted. Under "Lagos," restitution here is limited to investigatory activities.
Judge Gardephe: Mr Avenatti, I am sentencing you to 30 months imprisonment, and three years supervised release. Special assessment of $300 [$100 per count] Anything further? Srebnick: What about designation? We ask surrender September 15, to BOP Sheridan Oregon
AUSA: We do not ask remand to prison, due to California case. Judge Gardephe: I recommend the Federal prison camp in Sheridan, Oregon on September 15 - if not designated, to the US Marshals here. You have the right to appeal, notice within 14 days.