Eighty-Four Photos of Dead Malls

Via Death and Taxes:

-Percy Bysshe Shelley
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

4 Comments on "Eighty-Four Photos of Dead Malls"

  1. BuzzCoastin | Jan 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm |

    in the late 90’s I used to tell people
    the Internet is going to empty the malls
    they all thought that was crazy talk

    some of these closures are surely economy related
    but probably more than half represent the shift to online purchasing

  2. whocares | Jan 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm |

    Aww you dumb consumer zombies can’t shop anymore 🙁

    • Matt Staggs | Jan 3, 2013 at 11:55 am |

      You get excellent internet access for a computer which I assume is cobbled together from pine cones and mulch.

  3. I remember this place on Dort Highway in Flint which for a few years was known as The Small Mall, and they advertised so much on the radio that I memorized the tune they used. When it first opened my sister seemed to go out there every weekend.

    Fast forward a few years, to the summer of 1982 (!) when I made it out to the Small Mall and found that it was pretty much an emptied place except for a few stores that were unusual enough that they weren’t so much stores as they were destinations in and of themselves. They made a business while everything else – including the food court – stood emptied. I remember thinking “I waited years for THIS?”

    If I had known that that was the future of Malls themselves (I’ve seen one mall torn down in NW Indiana, as well as a big box collection lose all its tenants – and those are easily visited in NW Indiana/SE Chicagoland) I would have paid more attention. MUCH more attention.

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