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'Blues Brothers' mall to be demolished
upi. ^ | Sept. 24, 2010

Posted on 09/25/2010 9:52:41 AM PDT by JoeProBono

HARVEY, Ill., Illinois officials announced plans to demolish a suburban Chicago mall that served as a set for a famous scene in the 1980 film "The Blues Brothers."

Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday the state is receiving a $4 million federal grant to demolish Dixie Square Mall in Harvey to make way for redevelopment to revitalize the area, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

The mall, which has been vacant for more than 30 years, served as a filming location for the mall car chase scene in "The Blues Brothers."

"Dixie Square has been a place that we know has to change fundamentally," Quinn said. "I look forward to the day real soon when we will have this site cleaned and available for development.

"This is a huge investment in cleaning up Dixie Square. For years and years it has been an eyesore," he said.

Local officials have expressed hopes of replacing the Dixie Square Mall with a new shopping center, but no plans have been finalized.

Officials said the demolition is scheduled to begin in November and will last for about four months.


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KEYWORDS: aykroyd; belushi; bluesbrothers; chicago; chicagocorruption; cinema; cultureofcorruption; danaykroyd; demolition; dixiesquaremall; federalgrant; film; johnbelushi; movies; napl; obamascandals; thebluesbrothers
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1 posted on 09/25/2010 9:52:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcv4T9Auy0U


2 posted on 09/25/2010 9:54:41 AM PDT by dfwgator (Rangers Magic Number - 2)
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To: dfwgator

maybe the trend will continue.


3 posted on 09/25/2010 9:55:36 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (after your fifteen minutes are up you get a lifetime of ignominy.)
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To: dfwgator
"...on a mission from ghad."

Every chrysler I ever owned sound like that when I turned the key. My stomach always knotted a little...

4 posted on 09/25/2010 9:58:51 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (after your fifteen minutes are up you get a lifetime of ignominy.)
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To: JoeProBono

I thought the Blues Brothers already did!


5 posted on 09/25/2010 10:01:05 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I still like peanut butter)
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To: JoeProBono

The mall was vacant when they filmed the movie (all the stores were movie sets). I’m surprised it’s still around.


6 posted on 09/25/2010 10:01:25 AM PDT by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: JoeProBono

Now I know what movie I’m watching tonight.


7 posted on 09/25/2010 10:03:20 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: JoeProBono

8 posted on 09/25/2010 10:04:04 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Lots of them are closed. This site has lots of info and pics of them. http://deadmalls.com/
9 posted on 09/25/2010 10:05:44 AM PDT by ladyvet (I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: JoeProBono

There are a few places in LA which have been empty for almost as long and need to go.


10 posted on 09/25/2010 10:06:08 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: JoeProBono

It looked like a dump mall back then. Belushi was hilarious.


11 posted on 09/25/2010 10:08:13 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: ladyvet

2much info! but thanks.


12 posted on 09/25/2010 10:08:33 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (after your fifteen minutes are up you get a lifetime of ignominy.)
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To: JoeProBono

 
"The new oldsmobiles are in early this year"
 


13 posted on 09/25/2010 10:14:28 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: ladyvet

Great web site. I recall one of these zombies I went to about 28 years ago in Miami. It was on the north end of downtown Miami. The Omni. I think it was connected to a Marriott hotel. It was supposed to be a high end mall but it never worked. It was probably built with drug money during the Tony Montana (Scarface) era.

It was really creepy because it had multiple levels it was always empty like a ghost town. I only went there a few times. It is still there.


14 posted on 09/25/2010 10:15:57 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: JoeProBono

Check out deadmalls.com

http://www.deadmalls.com/malls/dixie_square_mall.html


15 posted on 09/25/2010 10:17:22 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
"Disco pants and haircuts!"
16 posted on 09/25/2010 10:17:57 AM PDT by wolf24
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To: JoeProBono
The mall, which has been vacant for more than 30 years

Uh...What?

17 posted on 09/25/2010 10:18:33 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Slings and Arrows; martin_fierro

ping


18 posted on 09/25/2010 10:20:31 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: JoeProBono

bookmark


19 posted on 09/25/2010 10:22:21 AM PDT by CobraJet
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To: Responsibility2nd

Has a wiki site too.

Fascinating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dixie_Square_Mall


20 posted on 09/25/2010 10:22:33 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yes, as a matter of fact, what you do in your bedroom IS my business.)
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To: JoeProBono

“They broke my watch!”


21 posted on 09/25/2010 10:23:05 AM PDT by JRios1968 (What is the difference between 0bama and his dog, Bo? Bo has papers.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; bmwcyle

“Pier One Imports...........”


22 posted on 09/25/2010 10:25:27 AM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: OCCASparky
There are malls in LA that have been empty for 30 years?

Can you name just one?

23 posted on 09/25/2010 10:26:01 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: dfwgator
Quite a few gas stations have been closed over the last 40 years.

(probably like this one)

24 posted on 09/25/2010 10:26:39 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JoeProBono
Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday the state is receiving a $4 million federal grant..

Interesting.

25 posted on 09/25/2010 10:28:05 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Borges; DollyCali

ping


26 posted on 09/25/2010 10:32:57 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: PGalt
I thought that was interesting too. I searched my handy-dandy pocket Constitution and could not find anywhere listed in Article I, Section 8 of a power granted to the U.S. Congress to expend monies for the destruction of a mall.

Maybe I missed it somewhere in my reading.

27 posted on 09/25/2010 10:36:19 AM PDT by titanicsuccess
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To: Frantzie

I used to live near the Omni and would go down there with my little girl at the time. Lots of high end shops but no shoppers. It was a strange location for a mall, though.


28 posted on 09/25/2010 10:39:18 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: titanicsuccess

Along the lines that I was thinking. Thanks very much.


29 posted on 09/25/2010 10:45:49 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: JoeProBono
"Yes, do you have a Miss Piggy?"
30 posted on 09/25/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT by Qbert
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To: JoeProBono
I look forward to the day real soon when we will have this site cleaned and available for development.

What are they going to put there instead? A gigantic ACORN office or LINK card distribution facility? It's not exactly prime real estate anymore.

The reason the mall closed in the first place is because Harvey (and the general area around it) was allowed to become an urban war zone:

In the meantime, crime was becoming an increasing problem in the mall's town of Harvey, a failing, poverty-stricken suburb 20 miles (32 km) south of Chicago. Several major incidents occurred near or at the mall itself. In November 1972, a young woman was fatally shot near the mall in a botched robbery attempt. On April 20, 1973, another person was shot in a robbery on the mall property itself. In July 1973, a teenage girl was lured away from the mall by three other teenage girls, and strangled to death.

31 posted on 09/25/2010 10:55:23 AM PDT by bornred
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To: ilovesarah2012

The whole thing was bizarre. It was like a haunted house. It is on the north end of downtown Miami right on Biscayne Bay but you also have the expressway going to Miami Beach there. Weird. The area went downhill in late 1980s. I think oddly when the Feds really cracked down on drugs, Miami’s economy imploded.

There is a documentary called Cocaine Cowboys that documented Miami rise as a cocaine hub, the crime and then the financial crash caused by better enforcement.

The Omni is right next to the Miami Hearld newspaper HQ that looked out on Biscayne Bay. The Hearld appears to be cutting more and more staff. They are dead meat like most newspapers. I do not live down there but follow some of the news on the web.

The newsroom was in a Kurt Russel movie where his girlfriend gets kidnapped and he is a reporter or something. The movie was called The Mean Season.


32 posted on 09/25/2010 11:02:47 AM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: JoeProBono

Great movie and gret chase scene besides Steve McQueen’s Bullit movie ! Funny the movie was filmed after the original Mayor Daley went for a dirt nap !


33 posted on 09/25/2010 11:09:10 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: titanicsuccess

You must not have the unabridged version. If you can find one, check page 1,364, paragraph 3, line 44. Just in case, you might not have one because bleedin’ heart liberal Democrunts are the folks that have this version on the living constitution.


34 posted on 09/25/2010 11:13:02 AM PDT by biff
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To: JoeProBono

I had no idea that place was still standing. I’m shocked they hadn’t already knocked it down and built something else.


35 posted on 09/25/2010 11:20:01 AM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...Richard Frank DeCamp, 11/13/34-9/15/10, R.I.P.)
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To: JoeProBono
They should sell small pieces of it.
36 posted on 09/25/2010 11:22:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (If Obama was the answer---that must have been one stupid question!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
They should sell small pieces of it.

Let people get their own little piece. Mallspechte.

37 posted on 09/25/2010 11:48:06 AM PDT by Moltke (panem et circenses)
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To: JoeProBono

I owned a 1974 Chrysler Newport that was as indestructable as the Dodge in that movie. I used to drive that car through snow drifts.


38 posted on 09/25/2010 12:19:26 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: ladyvet

Remember the mall from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure? That mall was one I went to a lot at the time. A year or two ago we were in that part of Phoenix and the kids and I stopped in. It was so depressing to see this shell of a mall.


39 posted on 09/25/2010 12:25:15 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Paladin2
Here is a better clip of the Steve McQueen "Bullit" car chase. The cars have their orginal look and not squished up!

Bullitt - Steve McQueen Famous Car Chase

40 posted on 09/25/2010 12:49:56 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JoeProBono

Still one of my favorite movies of all time.


41 posted on 09/25/2010 12:52:37 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: dragnet2

From deadmalls.com (link at #15):

“This mall was prominently featured in the 1980 feature film “The Blues Brothers”. The mall was already closed for a year when producers rented it out, renovated the interior display, and drove cop cars through it.”


42 posted on 09/25/2010 1:00:11 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: EveningStar; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
We'll still have Bob's Country Bunker.


43 posted on 09/25/2010 1:05:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono

Spent a lot of time there in the late 60s/ early 70s - quite a place!!


44 posted on 09/25/2010 1:15:25 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Red_Devil 232

The shotgun closeup is much clearer too.


45 posted on 09/25/2010 1:51:31 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: CORedneck
Great movie and gret chase scene besides Steve McQueen’s Bullit movie ! Funny the movie was filmed after the original Mayor Daley went for a dirt nap !

IIRC, the producer or director complimented mayor Jane Byrne for being highly cooperative in getting them permission for all the city scenes.

We were on our way to visit relatives in Wauconda and had to take a big detour because they were filming that notorious highway pileup on Route 12 right south of town.

46 posted on 09/25/2010 2:57:26 PM PDT by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: Paladin2

I always liked how the dark green VW beetle kept up so well with those muscle cars during the downhill sequence. ;-)


47 posted on 09/25/2010 3:15:42 PM PDT by L,TOWM (The Democratic Party Platform: Lies, promulgated by Liars whose only real talent is Lying.)
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To: L,TOWM

I noticed that this time too. It would seem that SF was full of green beetles crawling over the hills.


48 posted on 09/25/2010 3:18:11 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: CORedneck

The original Daley didn’t like filmmaking in the city at all. He rarely gave permission.


49 posted on 09/25/2010 4:34:39 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Red_Devil 232

The Bullit chased sucked!! It was just him and the other guys chasing...did you notice that there were no other cars out there....!!!!!!!

try this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qE2Wdu0fk

or this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu3GmRQ-U9k&p=9B51A854EB18C74D&playnext=1&index=1

or this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITS5GkkqgEQ&feature=related

Bullitt...gmab!!!


50 posted on 09/25/2010 6:35:10 PM PDT by gman992
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