The Expanding Phenomena Of Abandoned Malls

The purpose behind a successful mall is to meet all the shopper’s needs: a food court and places to buy furniture, clothing, entertainment, and electronic gadgets. However, all great things must come to an end; and malls in the modern age are increasingly ending up abandoned and subsequently demolished. Because online shopping is so popular (alongside staggering costs in rent), malls all over the US are being shut down and left to rot. Finding the time to go shopping these days can be quite a hassle, and everything is easier when it’s done online; especially during the holidays and the now-infamous “Black Friday”.

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No one will be placing any calls from this mall anytime soon.

No one will be placing any calls from this mall anytime soon. Source: Distractify

More withered plants and fallen ceiling tiles reflect the sad state of this American mall.

More withered plants and fallen ceiling tiles reflect the sad state of this American mall. Source: Distractify

There was an attempt to clean up the remnants of this mall at some point, and even that was abandoned.

There was an attempt to clean up the remnants of this mall at some point, and even that was abandoned. Source: Distractify

From another angle, many darkened storefronts pepper the landscape of urban decay.

From another angle, many darkened storefronts pepper the landscape of urban decay.

A fallen plant signifies the death of its commerce-driven surroundings.

A fallen plant signifies the death of its commerce-driven surroundings. Source: Distractify

This once shopping area has now somehow become home for many, many fish.

This once shopping area has now somehow become home for many, many fish. Source: GalleryHip

Not even a splash of green can breathe life back into this dead mall.

Not even a splash of green can breathe life back into this dead mall. Source: Distractify

This small Illinois mall was built in 1966 and closed in 1978. It enjoyed a very short ride, and died before even the internet had a chance to kill it.

This small Illinois mall was built in 1966 and closed in 1978. It enjoyed a very short ride, and died before even the internet had a chance to kill it. Source: iO9

This jewelry store almost looks as if it has been looted instead of simply closed.

This jewelry store almost looks as if it has been looted instead of simply closed. Source: Distractify

No customers to provide service to any longer- they are all buying their goods online.

No customers to provide service to any longer- they are all buying their goods online. Source: Distractify

A dilapidated outdoor entrance is unwelcoming.

A dilapidated outdoor entrance is unwelcoming. Source: Distractify

Outdoor elements have fought their way into this structure before its demolition.

Outdoor elements have fought their way into this structure before its demolition. Source: Puddles and broken glass populate the hall instead of people.

Puddles and broken glass populate the hall instead of people. Source: Distractify

Here’s a sad storefront that once upon a time contained a thriving business and gave jobs to employees.

Here’s a sad storefront that once upon a time contained a thriving business and gave jobs to employees. Source: Distractify

The shattered glass of an escalator that once carried many happy teenagers.

The shattered glass of an escalator that once carried many happy teenagers. Distractify

You can almost see the ghosts of bustling shoppers scurrying about.

You can almost see the ghosts of bustling shoppers scurrying about. Source: Distractify

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It’s anyone’s guess what was torn from its home here on a stage-like platform. Source: Distractify

The top and bottom halves of this mall scene tell two different stories.

The top and bottom halves of this mall scene tell two different stories. Source: Distractify

Water damage is prevalent in this once vibrant and convenient shopping area.

Water damage is prevalent in this once vibrant and convenient shopping area. Source: Distractify

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Shopping malls enjoyed their heyday before the internet came to knock them down. Malls were the only place where everything was in one convenient location; not only were malls an important part of consumer culture, but were also a part of regular 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 gets about 40 million visitors annually. The Mall boasts four levels and over 400 specialty shops and restaurants. So far it still stands…

The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall is a photo series/book by Seph Lawless that takes a look at the end of an era: the decline of the American shopping mecca known as the “mall”.

Life Under The Shah: What Iran Looked Like Before The Revolution

Shah Tehran Students

Perhaps Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi says it best: “The world is not divided between East and West. You are American, I am Iranian, we don’t know each other, but we talk and we understand each other perfectly. The difference between you and your government is much bigger than the difference between you and me. And the difference between me and my government is much bigger than the difference between me and you.

And our governments are very much the same.”

And yet–at least upon first glance–modern-day Iran couldn’t seem any more dissimilar to the United States. But as these images suggest, there once was a time when the streets of Tehran mirrored those of, say, L.A., and national leaders would engage in discourse that consisted of more than sighs, sanctions and spats. So just what exactly changed?

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20 Alarming Photos Of The Disappearing Amazon

Disappearing Amazon

An area deforested for cattle ranching in northern Mato Grosso, Brazil. Source: Wall Street Journal

The Amazon rainforest is superlative in just about every way. It’s twice the size of India, houses at least 10 percent of the world’s known biodiversity, and typically absorbs 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Its size and titles do not guarantee its permanence, however. The deforestation industry, illegal land grabbers and investment-seeking governments are wiping the Amazon out out. Market forces of globalization only hasten its death.

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An Evolution Of Stereotypes: The Nurse

Much to the chagrin of professional nurses everywhere, there are at least 5 unfair and outdated stereotypes that nurses endure on a daily basis. From saint to sex object, from mother-figure to battle-axe, and perhaps the biggest and most widely accepted stereotype of them all: that nurses are supposed to be women.

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An artist's representation of an early nurse is used to advertise ‘liquid bread’, a malt-extract for those on liquid diets.

1895: An artist's representation of an early nurse is used to advertise ‘liquid bread’, a malt-extract for those on liquid diets. Source: National Institute of Health

1913: The healing mother, shown in the saintly position of feeding the poor and unfortunate.

1913: The healing mother, shown in the saintly position of feeding the poor and unfortunate. Source: NIH

1913: A sick man expresses his want to be sick forever as long as a pretty nurse is there to fulfill his needs

1913: A sick man expresses his want to be sick forever as long as a pretty nurse is there to fulfill his needs. Source: NIH

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1915: This nurse dressed in flowing robes is depicted as the angel of the Red Cross. Source: NIH

1918: Implying that injured soldiers really just wanted their mommies.

1918: Implying that injured soldiers really just wanted their mommies. Source: Smithsonian Magazine

1935: The start of a more modern uniform for the profession.

1935: The start of a more modern uniform for the profession. Source: NIH

1940’s: Young Navy nurses shown in the classroom.

1940’s: Young Navy nurses shown in the classroom. Source: Wikimedia Commons

1950’s: A bedside prayer vigil is held for a patient; supporting the ‘good Christian woman doing God’s work’ archetype.

1950’s: A bedside prayer vigil is held for a patient; supporting the ‘good Christian woman doing God’s work’ archetype. Source: NIH

1950’s: Nurses get a nod of respect in 1950’s advertising, with at least one photo emerging of a modern and organized head nurse making the rounds.

1950’s: Nurses get a nod of respect in 1950’s advertising, with at least one photo emerging of a modern and organized head nurse making the rounds. Source: NIH

1950’s: And with one step forward, two are taken back. Pinup Nurse.

1950’s: And with one step forward, two are taken back. Source: NIH

1960’s: A reproduction created in the 2000’s showing a nurse in full 1960 style pinup-mode.

1960’s: A reproduction created in the 2000’s showing a nurse in full 1960 style pinup-mode. Source: NIH

1980’s: The archetype of a Battle-axe makes an appearance in this comic postcard; a tyrannical and fierce matronly woman.

1980’s: The archetype of a Battle-axe makes an appearance in this comic postcard; a tyrannical and fierce matronly woman that enjoys giving pain... especially to men. Source: NIH

1980: About the same time nurses were shown getting involved in sordid love triangles.

1980: About the same time nurses were shown getting involved in sordid love triangles. Source: NIH

1981: In celebration of 100 years of the Red Cross, this recruitment poster (along with the first day of issue stamp) was remade into a patriotic postcard.

1981: In celebration of 100 years of the Red Cross, this recruitment poster (along with the first day of issue stamp) was remade into a patriotic postcard. Source: NIH

1985: Another reproduction of a 1953 novel showing a home nurse having to fight off unwanted advances.

1985: Another reproduction of a 1953 novel showing a home nurse having to fight off unwanted advances. Source: NIH

2000’s: A call out for males to enter the nursing field; “Are you man enough?”

2000’s: A call out for males to enter the nursing field; “Are you man enough?” Source: AllNurses.com

2000’s: A saucy nurse is used to sell a watch/mp3 player.

2000’s: A saucy nurse is used to sell a watch/mp3 player. Source: NIH

Early 1900’s: This wealthy mother has procured a ‘pretty nurse girl’ so that when the nanny is out in public with the children, the male police will have a watchful eye turned toward them.

Early 1900’s: This wealthy mother has procured a ‘pretty nurse girl’ so that when the nanny is out in public with the children, the male police will have a watchful eye turned toward them. Source: NIH

Early 1900’s: Already the old battle-axe and the sexy young stereotype make appearances; this young boy clearly has a preference.

Early 1900’s: Already the old battle-axe and the sexy young stereotype make appearances; this young boy clearly has a preference. Source: NIH

1970s: This postcard advertisement is supposed to be for the electro-surgical unit, but the focal point was the attractive, heavily made-up nurse/model.

1970s: This postcard advertisement is supposed to be for the electro-surgical unit, but the focal point was the attractive, heavily made-up nurse/model. Source: NIH

1971: Probably quite brazen for a postcard at the time; they’re nurses and they’re nasty.

1971: Probably quite brazen for a postcard at the time; they’re nurses and they’re nasty. Source: NIH

2009: One of the more recent nurse characters to be portrayed in the media as a modern woman with intelligence, though not without her share of problems. The Truth about Nursing website notes that “Jackie turned out to be arguably the strongest and the most skilled nurse ever depicted on serial U.S. television".

2009: One of the more recent nurse characters to be portrayed in the media as a modern woman with intelligence, though not without her share of problems. The Truth about Nursing website notes that “Jackie turned out to be arguably the strongest and the most skilled nurse ever depicted on serial U.S. television”, even if they didn’t agree with her depicted coping mechanisms. Source: Showtime

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In the mid 1850’s, the pioneer of nursing emerged amid the Crimean War conflict – Florence Nightingale. A statistician and versatile writer, Nightingale became known on the battlefield as the “lady with the lamp” because of her predictable night rounds. Nightingale founded the first secular nursing school in London.

Fast forward to the present day: nurses have been portrayed in all the above ways, and then some. From postcards to modern media, the common conception of what makes a nurse is explored in a postcard exhibit by the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. The exhibit shows that while stereotypes are persistent, the occupation has continued to grow thanks to the dedication and steadfastness of these often underestimated, greatly underappreciated health professionals.

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