Filmmaker Ken Burns has expressed concern over the proposed data centers that are encroaching on the historic Manassas Mall.
"This is an absolute travesty," said Burns, known for his epic documentaries on American history. "The Manassas Mall is a vital part of our nation's past, present, and future. It's where we come to shop, eat, and be entertained. And now, these data centers want to come in and ruin everything?"
According to Burns, the data centers pose a threat to the mall's rich history and cultural significance. "Do these data centers even know what mall walking is? Do they care about the countless hours we've spent at the food court trying to decide between Sbarro and Auntie Anne's?"
Despite the concerns of Burns and other mall enthusiasts, the developers of the data centers remain unapologetic. "Look, we just want to store some data and maybe have a golf simulator and rooftop tequila bar on the side," said Samuel 'The Server Savant' Thompson of CyberCity Data Centers. "We have no interest in destroying the mall or its history. We just want to be part of the community."
As the debate continues, it remains to be seen whether the data centers will move forward or if the mall will be able to maintain its place in American history. In the meantime, mall walkers and data center supporters will have to coexist in a world where the future of the Manassas Mall hangs in the balance.