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21 Hauntingly Beautiful Photos Of Deserted Shopping Malls
Business Insider ^ | Jul. 9, 2014, 1:58 PM | Hayley Peterson

Posted on 07/10/2014 12:44:05 AM PDT by WhiskeyX

Hundreds of shopping malls across the U.S. have been forced to shut down following years of debilitating declines in consumer traffic.

In many cases, the shuttered malls are left to decay for years before developers or local governments raise the funds to bulldoze or renovate the space.

Pseudonymous photographer Seph Lawless traveled the country for years to find these forgotten malls and document their decay from the inside.

The photos he captured are haunting and apocalyptic, featuring dead trees and abandoned shopping carts against landscapes of broken glass and crumbling walls.

He compiled the photographs in a new book, "Black Friday: The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall," and shared some of them with Business Insider.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


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KEYWORDS: deadmall; shoppingmalls
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More evidence of how the Democrats, American communists and socialists, and RINOs have been destroying the United States of America.
1 posted on 07/10/2014 12:44:05 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: WhiskeyX

We have been reduced to soviet style art consisting of nostalgic photos of empty shops and crumbling edifices.


2 posted on 07/10/2014 12:48:16 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

bump


3 posted on 07/10/2014 12:49:29 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SpaceBar

human have a curiosity about old things. Look at the Acropolis, Rome ... and yes I was trying to think of a leftist person to throw in there for laughs


4 posted on 07/10/2014 12:51:11 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: WhiskeyX

I suppose watching America’s decline has a sort of morbid fascination. Like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

We can see it coming, but feel powerless to stop it.


5 posted on 07/10/2014 12:53:29 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: WhiskeyX
Lawless hopes the photos will increase awareness of economic strife in the U.S

All they have to do is check their pockets dude.

6 posted on 07/10/2014 12:54:37 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: WhiskeyX

As bad as the economy is, the demise of large shopping malls is actually the result of the changing nature of retail.

First there were catalog sales, then there were big city department stores, then there were suburban malls, now there is a combination of big box stores and online sales.

The article mentioned that many of the malls were in low income areas hard hit by the economy. Once an area decays to the point of being low income, malls close because there aren’t enough local shoppers to support them, and theft rises.

Se la vie.


7 posted on 07/10/2014 12:55:35 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: WhiskeyX
Barackalypse Now
8 posted on 07/10/2014 1:04:12 AM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement.)
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Baba Wawa!

too late, right??


9 posted on 07/10/2014 1:05:23 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Jeff Chandler

The economy was thriving, malls and retailers of all kinds were doing exceptionally well in the mid-to-late 1990s. That’s when the Conservative Rebellion led by Congressman Newt Gingrich neutralized the communistic programs of KKKlintoon. For all practical purposes, Gingrich was running the show and prosperity was palpable. Kommie Klintoon and his Kronies were reduced to mere figurehead status for the latter half of the decade. I recall paying only 78 cents per gallon for gasoline proving by Conservatism fuels robust free enterprise.


10 posted on 07/10/2014 1:10:46 AM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: WhiskeyX

Friend wife and I were just talking about this phenomenon today. I observed how the atmosphere/ethos/ambiance/clientele of a once-vibrant, “happening” mall changes once the neighborhood where it is situate goes 3rd-world. No one can afford to keep such a place open when the clientele would prefer to be at Dollar General.
What brought it up was that Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, which has been around for 40 years, just ADDED several stores. There’s a neighborhood that’s not going to go downhill anytime soon. If it ever does, well, “there goes the neighborhood”.


11 posted on 07/10/2014 1:16:08 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: RC one
Barackalypse Now

I like it. Very loser-friendly.

12 posted on 07/10/2014 1:18:25 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: WhiskeyX

I’d rather go to a rodent petting zoo than a mall, which are usually filled with obnoxious rude people, sickos, gangsters and and assorted mental cases..


13 posted on 07/10/2014 1:23:50 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Migraine

They aren’t skipping the mall for Dollar General in some cities and towns, in many cases they are skipped for amazon.com and such.


14 posted on 07/10/2014 1:24:17 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SpaceBar

Excellent observation.


15 posted on 07/10/2014 1:27:22 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

c’est la vie


16 posted on 07/10/2014 1:29:18 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: WhiskeyX

Disco haircuts - this mall has everything! - I see the new Oldsmobile is in early this year. Apologies to the Blues Brothers but that was filmed in a mall that was closed years ago - not anything new it seems!


17 posted on 07/10/2014 1:29:49 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Migraine

” where it is situate goes 3rd-world”
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Well, the Philippines is considered 3rd world, but has some of the largest malls in the world, and they are all thriving.
A new one is going up near Cebu city. It is rumored to be the largest in the country, which also has the 3rd largest in the world. The two largest in Cebu are too big for me to negotiate.


18 posted on 07/10/2014 1:33:44 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: Jeff Chandler

I agree and add to it malls were doomed to fail when all allowed city bus routes along their paths. Many refuse to frequent them due to this one issue.


19 posted on 07/10/2014 1:53:44 AM PDT by Jarhead9297
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To: WhiskeyX

Have they not connected the fact that they don’t carry any thing but cheap, EXPENSIVE chinese tasteless JUNK?

I’m 66, 5 ft 118 lb, Conservative, Christian, You think I’m going to wear clothes that are made for a HOOKER? That is what is in the malls in Memphis. Add in the hispanics/black culture and there is not much I would by.

Unlike the first woman, I have very discriminating taste in clothes.

Laura Bush is more my taste in clothes.

Besides the danger of NO GUNS being allowed.


20 posted on 07/10/2014 1:54:55 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to thBe e Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: WhiskeyX

I don’t like malls, parking was always a problem, too many kids as well.
I shop on the internet and I suspect that has more to do with these malls shut down.
They resemble old train stations, they were replaced with cars.


21 posted on 07/10/2014 1:57:49 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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22 posted on 07/10/2014 1:58:59 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Jeff Chandler
Once an area decays to the point of being low income, malls close because there aren’t enough local shoppers to support them, and theft rises.

You nailed it. I use to shop at Raleigh Springs Mall in Raleigh (burb of Memphis) crime is so high, there is nothing left but nitch stores. It is not even safe to go to the fabric store down the street, they are robbed all the time. Most of the mall is empty. Arabs own what there is of it. Every where Memphis annexed went to pot in a matter of a year.

23 posted on 07/10/2014 2:00:33 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to thBe e Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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To: GeronL
human have a curiosity about old things. Look at the Acropolis, Rome

Among the many ghost towns I have personally visited, two were western American cities that once had populations in the tens of thousands. One had been about 50,000 when it was a county seat; the other had once been around 25-30,000.

Even as America thrived, they died because their reason for existence disappeared. Wish I could be optimistic that it's the same with these malls, as well as so many closed small town businesses.

24 posted on 07/10/2014 2:04:47 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Jarhead9297

Randall Mall became the place to go to get mugged or have your car stolen. The demographics of Randall changed, and not for the better. I shop at Cam’s Asian Market, which is in part of the dead Toys R Us store across from the Mall. The whole area is dead. Vacant buildings line all the streets!


25 posted on 07/10/2014 2:05:44 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: WhiskeyX

Never a fan of any type of shopping mall... I prefer an actual store, in a small town.


26 posted on 07/10/2014 2:13:16 AM PDT by maddog55 (A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.)
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To: WhiskeyX

I don’t really get how that is hauntingly beautiful. Fairly depressing, unless one subscribes to the mindset that Malls are evil, but even then...

Very strange.


27 posted on 07/10/2014 2:14:17 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by it"s weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Jarhead9297

Was a thread here several moths ago where that very subject came up. Most of us agreed that the area doesn’t have to go to pot, just adding a city bus stop can help kill a mall.


28 posted on 07/10/2014 2:19:09 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: maddog55

I also noticed that almost all of the new franchise and national chains I see opening seem to prefer stand alone locations with 1-4 businesses in each, avoiding the malls and strip malls. Most of them I see are square buildings.


29 posted on 07/10/2014 2:24:01 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Migraine
Barackalypse Now
I like it. Very loser-friendly.

That's hilarious!

Communism has three problems...Obama doing the Happy Dance

30 posted on 07/10/2014 2:35:18 AM PDT by Fear The People (When the government fears the people, you have LIBERTY.)
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if anyone cares to look...

abandoned Army and Navy bases:

https://www.flickr.com/gp/basegrinder/4pK9pX/

https://www.flickr.com/gp/basegrinder/j8Wn41/

https://www.flickr.com/gp/basegrinder/oB5BWX/

https://www.flickr.com/gp/basegrinder/71x5e5/


31 posted on 07/10/2014 2:39:21 AM PDT by KneelBeforeZod (I have five dollars for each of you)
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To: WhiskeyX

I believe Malls usually are what the owners want them to be. If the owners want a tax write off they become such showing loss and get minimal upkeep or promotion. Little is done to promote occupancy of retailers. If an owner wants them to succeed they make some necessary adjustments and promote having certain main attraction stores on site. When you see a mall start leasing out it’s retail space to the local or state government offices it’s demise is close.


32 posted on 07/10/2014 2:39:53 AM PDT by cva66snipe ((Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?))
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To: WhiskeyX

Look for more of this in the next two years. Especially after more of ObamaScare kicks in.

There will be restaurant buildings joining them too, as many already have.


33 posted on 07/10/2014 3:00:32 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Migraine; RC one
Currently running in real life all across America


34 posted on 07/10/2014 3:03:45 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Jeff Chandler

“As bad as the economy is, the demise of large shopping malls is actually the result of the changing nature of retail.”

I agree, but would like to know why they built a mall here in northern NJ that never even opened. The Xanadu Mall was built a few years ago (by Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands), complete with an indoor ski slope, and never opened. In the meantime, in the adjacent parking lots every Saturday, Americans and illegals are literally buying groceries in the Meadowlands Flea Market. Cereal, soap, toothpaste, whatever - in the shadow of this monstrosity of a “dead mall” that never opened its doors...


35 posted on 07/10/2014 3:06:06 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: AlexW

“Well, the Philippines is considered 3rd world, but has some of the largest malls in the world, and they are all thriving. A new one is going up near Cebu city. It is rumored to be the largest in the country, which also has the 3rd largest in the world. The two largest in Cebu are too big for me to negotiate.”

They are getting the malls we used to have, because they have the discretionary dollars we used to have (from the jobs we used to have).they are a few decades behind us in economic development; they are experiencing our “80s”.


36 posted on 07/10/2014 3:10:23 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Jarhead9297

“I agree and add to it malls were doomed to fail when all allowed city bus routes along their paths. Many refuse to frequent them due to this one issue.”

I think this was more related to their low-wage workforce than shoppers; how much mall bling can you bring onto a bus?


37 posted on 07/10/2014 3:11:25 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: kearnyirish2

Our local mall food court is great if you want to watch backwards Yankee ball caps on gold chained ILLEGALS at 10:30 in the morning on a week day!


38 posted on 07/10/2014 3:12:36 AM PDT by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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~~~Lawless has been arrested in the past for trespassing and (sic) recently had a warrant was issued for his arrest, he said.~~~

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/photos-of-dead-shopping-malls-2014-7?op=1#ixzz373lCdKqK

And his name is Lawless. No, this article wasn’t directly about Obama. But the end results will be the same.


39 posted on 07/10/2014 3:20:38 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: mason-dixon

As Americans are reduced to bare sustenance, food is actually the one thing I see selling well in malls. The food court is the only thing I would go to a mall for today; ours has Arthur Treachers!


40 posted on 07/10/2014 3:28:35 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: WhiskeyX

bfl


41 posted on 07/10/2014 3:29:11 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: mason-dixon

After watching a sandal-clad Third Worlder try on sneakers with his bare feet, I couldn’t imagine buying any article of clothing at a mall.


42 posted on 07/10/2014 3:29:51 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: WhiskeyX

The first two story inside shopping mall in my city was shutdown & bulldozed a while ago. Parents began leaving their unruly teens to roam played a part in its downfall.


43 posted on 07/10/2014 3:38:16 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: WhiskeyX

Malls have a distinct life cycle. They age and die.


44 posted on 07/10/2014 3:52:31 AM PDT by ctdonath2 ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun" - Obama, setting RoE with his opposition)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Actually "C'est la vie"

However, it is curious that we started with catalogue sales and have come full circle to effectively catalogue sales via the internet. The heyday of the bog box mall stores is about over. Between boutique stores and internet sales the big expensive stores will fade away.

45 posted on 07/10/2014 4:25:01 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: WhiskeyX

The mall featured in the article is Rolling Acres in Akron, Ohio. It was the mall of my youth. The glass elevator and orange tiled fountain were what I looked forward to as a child.

In the late 80s people started reflecting to it as Strolling Afros. By the mid-90s nobody went there due to violence., which in turn led to closed shops. Sad.


46 posted on 07/10/2014 4:36:21 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: kearnyirish2

Did the 3rd” whirler” leave his sandals and take the sneakers?
I seen that happen a few times.


47 posted on 07/10/2014 4:37:37 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: WhiskeyX
Dead Malls
48 posted on 07/10/2014 4:46:07 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: WhiskeyX

Amazing how fast nature takes over once activity ceases...
A few years ago there was an amazing website that detailed all the abandoned buildings in Detroit that were very ‘high end’ in their day when the economy was great and this was the place to be. Fascinating stuff.


49 posted on 07/10/2014 5:02:21 AM PDT by hecticskeptic (In life it is important to know what you believe¬Ö.and more importantly, why you believe it.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I’d add the massive late 90’s influx of home video game systems as a contributor. The only reason we went to the mall as kids was to play video games in the arcade. Once we bought a NES, that ended...lol


50 posted on 07/10/2014 5:13:13 AM PDT by ItsOurTimeNow ("Scheming demons dressed in kingly guise, beating down the multitudes and scoffing at the wise.")
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