The Expanding Phenomena Of Abandoned Malls Across America

All things must come to an end, and the era of the American shopping mall is no exception. With retail shopping becoming unpopular and unprofitable, abandoned malls all over America are being left to nature:

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Shopping malls enjoyed their heyday in the 70s and 80s, when the wealthy (and usually white) had left urban zones for glistening new homes--and shopping centers--in the suburbs. Not only did malls become an important part of consumer culture, they also composed an integral facet of American life. Many films, especially ones from the 80s and 90s, heavily feature shopping malls as an important location. Mallrats, Clueless, The Blues Brothers, and George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead all have characters who spend major time in malls (though one just happens to be filled with zombies).

The very first enclosed shopping mall was built in Edina, Minnesota in 1956. Minnesota is also home to one of the biggest malls in the nation, the Mall of America, which receives approximately 40 million visitors a year. The Mall boasts four levels and over 400 specialty shops and restaurants. So far, it still stands.

For more on the decline of the American shopping mecca, we recommend you check out Seph Lawless's The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall.


And if you liked this visual dive into the abandoned malls of America, check out our other galleries on beautiful abandoned photographs and haunting images of abandoned Detroit.

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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