It was well past sundown when the Ford Ranger rolled up to us in the shadows behind Roy’s. All the employees were gone, and we definitely weren’t supposed to be there. The headlights turned off & the truck crawled closer, like a predator stalking prey.
We see the MALL of Cookeville, TN as an authentic, local reinvention of a place that the corporate world forgot. Perhaps it can offer urban planning lessons to other communities stuck with abandoned big boxes.