Peter: They're after the place. They don't know why; they just remember. Remember that they want to be in here.
Francine Parker: What the hell are they?
Peter: They're us, that's all, when there's no more room in hell.
Peter: Something my granddad used to tell us. You know Macumba? Vodou. My granddad was a priest in Trinidad. He used to tell us, "When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth." - Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Such is the dialogue from one of the 1970s better movies, Dawn of the Dead, as the protagonists hover above the Monroeville Mall, trying to find a place to survive the zombie apocalypse.
A refuge for the remnants of civilization to survive.
George Romero's Dawn of the Dead was filmed at the Monroeville Mall in late 1977 and early 1978.
The plot is simple: four humans hole up in the Monroeville Mall to survive the zombie apocalypse, with civilization crumbling all around them.
Which is what makes the following story so... wonderfully poetic.
|The legendary Monroeville Mall (from Dawn of the Dead): It survived zombies, but it might not survive black people...|
More than a 1,000 black people did what zombies did in a post-apocalyptic movie: forced the mall to close early. [Mayor: Mall brawl gives Monroeville a black eye, TribLive.com, 12-27-14]
Wait a second! Haven't we already discussed this before?
Though people dressed up as zombies helped make the Monroeville Mall a destination for those fans of the horror genre hoping to engage in a Romero-inspired pilgrimage, those black residents in the region are working overtime to turn the monument to consumerism into nothing more than another 'dead mall'.
And 'dead malls' never come back from the grave... unlike zombies.[Monroeville Mall's Youth Escort Policy has been used elsewhere, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2-9-15]:
Monroeville Mall is the latest in a string of shopping malls nationwide to put into place a policy that requires adults to accompany minors during weekend evening hours.
The policy comes in the wake of a shooting in the mall's Macy’s over the weekend that left three wounded, as well as a recent robbery and a December incident in which large numbers of teens converged on the mall and caused a disturbance.
Monroeville Mall’s general manager, Tom Gerber, announced plans Sunday for implementing a Youth Escort Policy to “curtail the rising number of unsupervised youth hanging out at Monroeville Mall and related disturbances.”
Beginning sometime this month, mall visitors after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays who are under 18 years old will have to be accompanied by an individual who is at least 21.
Stacey Keating, corporate marketing specialist for CBL & Associates Properties Inc., which owns and manages the mall, said this policy was in the works prior to Saturday’s shooting and enforcement is scheduled to begin in March.
“It’s a conversation we’ve been having at Monroeville for about a month now, and in light of recent events we decided to fast-track the implementation of the policy,” she said.
The launch date of the policy is yet to be finalized and there were no details on how it would be enforced.
However, CBL Properties has implemented the same policy at other shopping centers, including River View Mall in Lynchburg, Va. Enforcement includes security guards checking for identification at mall entrances.
Monroeville Mall is the latest of many malls implementing such policies. Malls with similar policies include Franklin Park Mall in Toledo, Ohio; Tri-County Mall in Cincinnati; Ford City Mall in Chicago; the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.; and 25 of CBL Properties’ shopping centers.
Franklin Park Mall and Ford City Mall both started their policies in January, making them two of the most recent additions.
Ford City had a February 2014 disturbance similar to that at Monroeville Mall in December, with a mob of teenagers running through the mall and parking lot and jumping on cars. Nineteen teenagers were arrested and two people were injured.
Though no additional incidents occurred between February and Ford City’s implementation of the policy last month, mall officials described it as a precautionary measure in response to teens fighting at malls across the country.
Franklin Park also called its policy a proactive rather than a reactive measure.
Several malls have even stricter policies than Monroeville Mall’s planned restrictions. Franklin Park Mall’s policy begins at 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and the MacArthur Center in Norfolk, Va., prohibits unsupervised minors from entering the premises after 5 p.m. all seven days of the week.
The Mall of America was the first to implement such a policy in 1996, though its policy only applies to those under 16.
According to the CBL news release: “The conduct of unsupervised youth and young adults at Monroeville Mall has created an uncomfortable atmosphere for mall visitors and an increasing safety challenge.”
Significant to the policy’s development was feedback from local government officials and community members, particularly shoppers and store employees who have expressed safety concerns, according to the release.Cards?
The Monroeville Mall is literally only a few steps away from the restoration of re-instituting segregationists policies; or, it will just be another mall added to the growing 'Dead Mall' list...