The Mall of Memphis: once a shining cathedral to commerce, now a hulking reminder of sprawl and urban decay. According to mall officials, its automatic doors will close, then open, then close again for the last time on Christmas Eve 2003. Suggestions are already pouring in to local media outlets by concerned citizens, hoping the 1.2 million-square-foot space can be salvaged and put to good use within the community. WMC-TV5 viewers tend to think in practical terms, suggesting that this concrete marvel of bland yet boxy architecture might be converted into a shiny new distribution center for FedEx or at the very least a jail. One viewer suggested it could be made over as a drive-in movie. Another suggested that the doomed monument to mass merchandising might find its new life as a school for the performing arts. Like, you know, in Fame!

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