Do You Remember This Iconic Alabama Mall?
Excuse me for a moment while I mourn the final loss of a major part of my childhood.
Century Plaza is gone.
The iconic Birmingham mall has been torn down. I have been staring at photos of the construction and am inundated by so many memories.
I grew up in and around the Birmingham suburbs, and my family made the drive down I-20 to Century Plaza every holiday season. I hate to sound like one of those old Boomers on Facebook that posts memes like SHARE IF YOU DRANK FROM THE OL' GARDEN HOSE but shopping at the mall back then was such a different experience.
Going to the mall was an all-day event, y'all. Mom and Dad would dress my sisters in I in our fanciest windbreakers (it was the 90's and that was a drip) and we would spend HOURS in the mall. We shopped and perused store after store and always ate lunch at the food court.
The vibe of a 90's indoor mall at Christmas is EVERYTHING. The entire place was teeming with holiday cheer and Christmas muzak blaring on the speakers. I know I am viewing this through the rose-colored glasses of my childhood memories, but just... I would give almost anything for one more day like those I took for granted.
Century Plaza, like the halcyon days of the indoor malls before it, is gone. The building has been razed to make room for a new Amazon distribution center which is equal parts ironic and poetic.
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