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Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Sigmund ()
Date: July 30, 2009 05:00AM

What happened to Springfield Mall? It was a great hangout in the 70's & 80's. I recently visited and was shocked at how rundown it got. There are now all these vacant rows of stores and the ones that are open are ghetto no-brand places. Jeans West, Merry-Go-Round and Chess King were my favorites and are long gone. It's kind of sad because I spent a lot of time and money there over the years. Now I have no reason to return. Anyone have fun memories of Springfield Mall?

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Wrinkle ()
Date: July 30, 2009 06:26AM

They're turning it into this: http://www.springfieldtowncenter.com/

Be interesting to see if it works out. (I'm guessing no)

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Shopper ()
Date: July 30, 2009 07:40AM

I'm excited about the new town center. I occasionally drive to the one in Reston,and I live very close to Fairfax Corner (similar stores), but I'm also often in the Springfield area for work. I would definitely go back to shopping there too if they can get this together.

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RE:Old pictures of Fairfax county, love em!
Posted by: WingNut ()
Date: July 30, 2009 07:50AM

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: FurfaxTownie ()
Date: July 30, 2009 08:15AM

Anyone else notice whats missing in those artist renditions? Looks like they also rezoned minorities out of the redevelopment.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2009 08:19AM by FurfaxTownie.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: MrMephisto ()
Date: July 30, 2009 08:31AM

FurfaxTownie Wrote:
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> Anyone else notice whats missing in those artist
> renditions? Looks like they also rezoned
> minorities out of the redevelopment.

That's not true. I saw an asian and a black person in one of the pictures. Maybe they just got rid of all the ones that turned Springfield Mall into what it is today.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: July 30, 2009 08:37AM

With the downturn in the economy, I don't think Vornado is going to be putting forth a lot of earnest effort right now. They also own a ton of buildings in Rosslyn, Crystal City, and DC and they aren't redeveloping shit right now - only finishing was was begun before the bottom fell out.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Zombie Dr ()
Date: July 30, 2009 09:53AM

Malls are so much better suited for survival in the zombie apocalypse than town centers. Springfield is doomed.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: just the facts ()
Date: July 30, 2009 10:27AM

Sigmund Wrote:
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> What happened to Springfield Mall?

illegal immigration happened

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: § ()
Date: July 30, 2009 10:35AM

I think they should tear down Potomac Mills. I remember when I was there one time about 10 years ago and I parked at section 2 and shopped for a bit and the other store I wanted to visit was all the way down in section 8 or something. I was like WTF? I had to walk what seemed to be a mile and a half, then turn around and go back to my car. It's just not a very efficient use of space, not to mention the Woodbridge / Dale City crowd smells like Stetson.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Brandon ()
Date: July 30, 2009 11:10AM

It was never really a high end mall so Tysons ends up getting all that business. Back in the 90's it drew a wannabe thug element which I'm sure did wonders for the elderly and family market segments.

I remember as a kid going to Potomac Mills back when the place smelled like floor wax and those giant tvs that they tried to turn into cartoonish artwork hung from the ceiling. You could hear Phill Collins blasting throughout the place, which was very creepy for a kid lol. I liked that giant fruit fountain that was near the Cinnabun and Sports Authority, that was gone that last time I was there two years ago.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: JR ()
Date: July 30, 2009 11:18AM

" With the downturn in the economy, I don't think Vornado is going to be putting forth a lot of earnest effort right now. They also own a ton of buildings in Rosslyn, Crystal City, and DC and they aren't redeveloping shit right now"

They just got the BOS approval for the redevelopment two weeks ago and already have submitted plans for phase two (400,000+ sqft of new space). I bet Vernado wants to get this jumpstarted soon and the DC economy is one of the strongest in the country and you want to do this while labor and materials are cheap. Plus they want to be up and running when BRAC is completed by 2011. Throughout the whole process they have been pushing FFX County to go faster in getting their plans approved.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: BagODonuts ()
Date: July 30, 2009 11:22AM

It's been all downhill since Prince Diana came to visit JCPenney back in, I believe, '85.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Foost ()
Date: July 30, 2009 11:28AM

Springfield Mall is a microcosm of the general ruination caused by hispanic immigrants in America. What was once a typical Mall bustling with activity and populated by whites has degenerated into a filthy cesspool of drugs gangs and crime populated by dirty lawless hispanics. There is no mystery and no secret.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: July 30, 2009 11:49AM

Landmark mall is just as bad. I thought they were supposed to tear that down too.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: § ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:00PM

I miss that Wavedancer place. Also, Hong-Kong rocked.

Chess King and Coda, not so much.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: TO ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:06PM

§ Wrote:
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> I miss that Wavedancer place. Also, Hong-Kong
> rocked.
>
> Chess King and Coda, not so much.


Time-Out - the chicks you could score in that place were out of this world!

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: ffxstoner ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:08PM

I remember getting kikd out of Springfield mall years ago for walking in a group of 4 apparently its a type of gang activity

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:11PM

TO Wrote:
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> Time-Out - the chicks you could score in that
> place were out of this world!

WTF, like this one?
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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:38PM

Does the mall still have that store where all the D&D and Warhammer kids used to hang out? It was downstairs at one of the ends...near the Orange Julius back in the day.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:42PM

I thought Orange Julius was on the top level on the corner next to Time Out 1? And around the corner was the Sport and Hobby Shop, one of two places in the mall you could get D&D stuff, lead figures, etc.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: KristaD ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:43PM

I think people in the area go and shop over at the stores around Kingstowne Blvd.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: KristaD ()
Date: July 30, 2009 12:51PM

Yeah...Back then, I knew adults who drove further out to Tysons or Fair Oaks instead of shopping at Springfield.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: July 30, 2009 01:02PM

pgens Wrote:
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> I thought Orange Julius was on the top level on
> the corner next to Time Out 1? And around the
> corner was the Sport and Hobby Shop, one of two
> places in the mall you could get D&D stuff, lead
> figures, etc.


Yeah, Orange Julius was upstairs and that hobby shop was down on the lower level - go down the steps at the OJ, head right and go down about 3 or 4 stores and it was on the left. Nerd central.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: KristaD ()
Date: July 30, 2009 01:06PM

There was one upstairs at one point too.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: § ()
Date: July 30, 2009 02:12PM

It was called the Orange Bowl, I believe.

Where was Farrell's ice cream shop? That stuff was da bomb.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: hop ()
Date: July 30, 2009 02:19PM

farrells - exit 1 near pennys - had to get the zoo

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: J Malazo ()
Date: July 30, 2009 03:05PM

That was the mall back in the day. Remember the wild pair shoe store?

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: KristaD ()
Date: July 30, 2009 03:17PM

I just remembered those lame remote control boats in the 1st floor time out.ha.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Save Springfield ()
Date: July 30, 2009 03:53PM

Foost Wrote:
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> Springfield Mall is a microcosm of the general
> ruination caused by hispanic immigrants in
> America. What was once a typical Mall bustling
> with activity and populated by whites has
> degenerated into a filthy cesspool of drugs gangs
> and crime populated by dirty lawless hispanics.
> There is no mystery and no secret.


Unfortunately our politicians care more about the illegal population than the working class that bankroles their social engineering
Any politician that uses the phrase " pathway to citizenship" needs to be voted
out of office

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Brandon ()
Date: July 30, 2009 08:38PM

That Warhammer place is long gone. There was another one out in Fairfax back in the late 90's, only two Warhammer shops outside of Europe were here.

Short Stop baseball cards had overpriced stuff, I'm surprised that they lasted for like 15 years, even opened up that racing store across the hall.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: antimetro ()
Date: July 30, 2009 08:55PM

If one were to review the crime stats around the mall, they would see that the problem is the metro and the D.C. and P.G. element that travels to Springfield on it. It is not illegals or Hispanics. The metro system ferrying D.C. and P.G. thugs is the problem.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: tomahawk ()
Date: July 30, 2009 09:52PM

Another thread full of snarky racists.

But different, because they are racist, 1970s washout, D&D dorks.

Who are so stupid they think a metro station brings crime.

I guess that's why King St. is such a ghetto. Must be the Metro.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Bnert ()
Date: July 30, 2009 10:09PM

Another thread full of phony holier than thou pc limousine-liberals.

But different, because they are phonies, 1990s washout, D&D dorks and assholes.

Who are so stupid they think a metro station doesn't brings crime.

I guess that's why Anacostia is so crime-free. Must be the law-abiding negroes.

Pffft...

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Kenny_Powers ()
Date: July 31, 2009 12:28AM

Zombie Dr Wrote:
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> Malls are so much better suited for survival in
> the zombie apocalypse than town centers.
> Springfield is doomed.


fuckin A right

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: ThePackLeader ()
Date: July 31, 2009 02:24AM

I never used to go to Springfield mall unless there was a posse of us, and most of the time we'd just hit up the arcade for a short time, then bounce.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: mgnut ()
Date: July 31, 2009 07:50AM

Springfield Mall was nice after they remodeled back in the 80's? Time out 1 and 2 were where I lived.

I loved YORK Steak House, which was right next to or 1 shop away from Time Out 2. #3 medium with steak fries. yummy. lol.

Across from Time Out 2 was Pizza Delight JR. Loved their pizza turnovers. I always thought the pizza tasted better then the pizza at Pizza Delight.

Hermans.... Corvettes

I stopped going there back when they did the addition of the food court and Macys area.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: JDouble09 ()
Date: July 31, 2009 04:10PM

eesh Wrote:
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> Landmark mall is just as bad. I thought they were
> supposed to tear that down too.


You mean that ghost town is still there

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: The Congressman ()
Date: July 31, 2009 05:15PM

Pizza Dellight went out of business when they busted a big pot ring operating out of there. There was also that D&D store on the bottom floor by the food court, I think it's Lidz or something equally useless now. Time out was the shit. I don't think a town center can save Springfield.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: wtfno ()
Date: July 31, 2009 08:49PM

Brandon Wrote:
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> I remember as a kid going to Potomac Mills back
> when the place smelled like floor wax and those
> giant tvs that they tried to turn into cartoonish
> artwork hung from the ceiling. You could hear
> Phill Collins blasting throughout the place, which
> was very creepy for a kid lol.

Ha.. I thought the same thing. Potomac Mills always had "that smell" that other malls didn't have.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Lori Sue ()
Date: August 02, 2009 12:13AM

Springfield Mall went down hill fast - soon after the bright purple lounge areas and carpeted steps were replaced with early 80's schlock. Suzie's Casuals, Units, Jean Nicole, Brooks and dare I mention the long-dead Garfinckel's?

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Steve Wilhite ()
Date: August 02, 2009 12:01PM

Springfield Mall is a microcosm of the general ruination caused by hispanic immigrants in America. What was once a typical Mall bustling with activity and populated by whites has degenerated into a filthy cesspool of drugs gangs and crime populated by dirty lawless hispanics. There is no mystery and no secret.



A Big +1!

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: tomahawk ()
Date: August 03, 2009 12:52AM

Bnert Wrote:
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> Another thread full of phony holier than thou pc
> limousine-liberals.
>
> But different, because they are phonies, 1990s
> washout, D&D dorks and assholes.
>
> Who are so stupid they think a metro station
> doesn't brings crime.
>
> I guess that's why Anacostia is so crime-free.
> Must be the law-abiding negroes.
>
> Pffft...


I'm a "pc limousine liberal"? I could've been riding a limousine to work all the time instead of bumping elbows with all the criminals at the Metro? Why didn't anyone tell me this?

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: JR ()
Date: August 03, 2009 08:22AM

"If one were to review the crime stats around the mall, they would see that the problem is the metro and the D.C. and P.G. element that travels to Springfield on it. It is not illegals or Hispanics. The metro system ferrying D.C. and P.G. thugs is the problem."

Why would anyone take the green line then blue all the way to the Springfield Mall?????? It would take at least 1.5hr 2hr on the weekend to get there while you pass Pentagon City Mall at least 20 minutes earlier and is an infinitely better than the SM. If your crazy logic is true, then once the silver line opens they will all go to Tyson’s instead.


Let break it down another way.

Option A. 1.5-2hr metro ride to Springfield Mall
Option B. 30 min to 1hr ride to Pentagon City
Option C. 30min ride to Gallery Place or DCUSA Target
Option D. Drive to Springfield Mall 15min-20min

Option A is easily the most logical choice.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: f-off ()
Date: August 03, 2009 02:34PM

I remember going to Farrell's in there for ice cream as a kid. That used to be a nice mall. Such a shame.

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Re: Springfield Mall - what happened???
Posted by: Zombie Dr ()
Date: August 03, 2009 02:38PM

Got my hair cut at Frizzle's.

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