As a follow-up from my City Journal article last week on the end of retail (and especially malls), neighboring broadcaster WBAL-Baltimore (1090 AM/101.5 FM) asked me to do a brief clip on the future of malls for the Bryan Nehman show earlier this morning. Nehman’s program runs on WBAL from 5a to 9a each weekday, and my broadcast was at 6:48a. There’s the possibility that it’ll eventually get posted along with the broader podcasts listed here, but if not, I’m laying low until I can post an MP3–if my version of WordPress allows it.
The subject and questions were familiar material people who read my stuff, but it’s always interesting to see how widespread the awareness of dead/dying malls has become. It was more of a niche subject just five years ago, but now basically everyone has grown up with a mall that isn’t doing so well these days–because most malls aren’t doing so well. Since this was WBAL, Baltimore-related retail came into the conversation (I believe I mentioned the notorious Owings Mills Mall at least once), but the issues are taking place everywhere. If I can’t post the MP3 of the broadcast, I’ll do my best to refer to a link that does. Thanks as always for tuning in.