As you may or may not have heard, Urban Scrawl is shutting down. I won’t bore you with the details (we’re rebranding as a Russian troll farm to get some of that sweet, sweet Super PAC money for the midterms), but in this moment I’m keeping in mind the famous saying by Dr. Seuss: “Don’t be sad that it’s over, be glad that you averaged 30K unique pageviews per month!” (Looking to hire a writer? Call me.) (But not until I’ve exhausted all my unemployment checks.) … OUR MOST POPULAR POSTS OF ALL TIME!
When the director of “The Blair Witch Project” pushed to film a horror movie in the abandoned Frederick Towne Mall in Frederick, Maryland, the local film office described the space as a “horror filmmaker’s dream. It’s filled with dark corners, back alleys, and remnants of civilization, basically.” And he was right; the inside of the abandoned mall had dark, cluttered corridors, buzzing neon lights that were still on even though the mall had been closed for years, and bolt-cuttered storefronts. But Frederick Towne Mall only looked like a mall of horrors; in Akron, Ohio, there’s an actual mall of horrors. … IS THIS ABANDONED MALL OF HORRORS A CREEPY OUTLIER OR A SIGN OF THINGS TO COME?
No seriously, don’t go. I mean, yeah, it’s surreal and incredible and one-of-a-kind, but it’s also private property, with “No Trespassing” signs posted everywhere, and actively being used by a “hunting club,” which is a term used for packs of men tromping through the woods and firing high-powered rifles at the slightest movement. The cops also check in on the place regularly. So yeah, don’t go. However, if you did manage to sneak in, you’d see one of the best abandoned sites on the east coast. (Don’t do it, though.) … DON’T GO TO THIS INCREDIBLE RENAISSANCE FAIR AN HOUR FROM DC