The first time I visited the Gateway area of Springfield, Ore. was over two years ago, and my first impression was “what a boring, generic neighborhood.” I felt like I’d seen the same type of mall and surrounding businesses (mostly made up of restaurant chains and hotels) that make up Gateway a million times before.
But I started to appreciate the area the more I learned about it, and as I took the photos shown below, I discovered that it is not as mundane as it might seem at first glance.
The Gateway Mall was the first place my group members and I visited. This is almost certainly the most popular attraction in the Gateway area.
There are two movie theaters in the mall: one plays current releases and the other plays films that are in their final stages of their big-screen existence. The latter (called Cinemark Movies 12, shown in this photo) sells tickets for less than $2 per person.
Like any mall, shopping reigns supreme. Gateway has stores such as Target, Kohls, Ross, and Sears.
A small section of the mall’s parking lot.
This Hollywood Video store was closed down in October of 2009 (!) and is completely empty except for…
… a handful of leftover DVDs. It was eerie seeing this building so deserted.
Hollywood Video isn’t the only empty store in the mall; Circuit City also closed their Gateway location in 2009. Walmart plans to open one of their stores in the location of this out-of-business Circuit City sometime this year.
Some cracked glass in one of Circuit City’s windows.
Down the road from the mall — on Gateway St. off of Beltline Rd — is one of the many restaurant chains in the area.
My view from my group member Aleccia Moss’ car on our way down Gateway St. due south.