Hey, everyone! I see Doug asked me to create a profile for myself, so here goes. I'm 27 and I've lived in Memphis all my life. I am currently employed at Christian Brothers University in the IT Help Desk. I first took interest in urban ruins at the age of about 16 or 17 when I saw an article in the Memphis Flyer about "The Big Empties" and saw a picture of the now-demolished Patterson High School in East Memphis. It was also the Memphis Flyer that brought the Old Melrose School to my attention, which is why I wanted to go and take pictures of it. As far as the Mall of Memphis is concerned, I grew up going there and took interest in its decline when I started looking for information on the Mall and came across Deadmalls.com. Now, not only have I taken pictures of the Mall of Memphis, but I have also managed to visit the River Roads Mall in Jennings, MO and get pictures of it as well. I am interested in the status of all Memphis malls in particular, and I am concerned for the fate of Raleigh Springs and Hickory Ridge as well. They, too, are places I grew up going to and would like to see survive. I also am interested in old Memphis school buildings and bowling alleys, among other things.
Finally, I have to say that I am glad to see this page has done so well -- it's amazing how many other people are interested in the Mall of Memphis, even now after it's been gone almost 5 years. I have greatly enjoyed the pictures on this site. Only thing I'd like to see at this point is for someone to come forward with some more pics of the interior of Service Merchandise at some point. The one picture we have is good but I would like to see more!
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