Your local shopping mall may seem like it’s been there forever, but in commercial and real estate terms, it’s a relative child. And with current trends hitting the shopping mall industry – the “retail apocalypse,” a generation that drives less than its predecessors, and the revival of city centers – many will not live to old age. Some analysts estimate 25 percent of American malls will fail or close by 2022.
Witness Ohio’s Randall Park Mall. Opened in 1976 with nearly 2.2 million square feet of space, it was once the largest mall in America, supplanted only by Minnesota’s Mall of America. But it closed after only 33 years and was demolished less than 40 years after construction.
Photographer Matthew Christopher was one of the last people to document the abandoned property before its demise, and shares some of his best shots and observations in the slideshow above.
The website Abandoned America documents defunct and decaying sites across the USA. In previous months we’ve shared images of faded factories, abandoned churches and scenes from a California ghost town.
You can also follow Christopher on Twitter @abandonedameric and see more from Abandoned America in the books “Dismantling the Dream” and “The Age of Consequences.”
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