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The Second Lives of America’s Shopping Malls

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Some malls refuse to die. Long after the department stores have been shuttered, parking lots overgrown with weeds, and the halls emptied of bored teenagers, wailing children and daytime walkers, some malls attempt to live on long past their heyday. Although “living” might not be the right word.

Instead, they’ve mutated. 

Many retain something of their original form, with medical clinics and gyms for anchor tenants rather than the retail temples of yesteryear. One Pennsylvania mall is waiting on approval to turn a former Bon-Ton into a casino. In Seattle, a mall parking lot is being converted to a light rail station. Other shopping centers have taken on completely new lives. Rather than try to evolve piecemeal, these malls have transformed into college campuses, megachurches and movie sets. 

https://commercialobserver.com/2019/07/the-second-lives-of-americas-iconic-shopping-malls/

 

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darkmoonlady

My dream is to turn old malls into low income senior and disabled housing villages. 

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RoofGardener

I think this is brilliant. Old buildings getting a new lease of life :) 

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Princess Serenity

YAY! I never thought about something like this. It's great to hear. 

There's a mall that used to be one of THE THING and was very popular but now it only has a handful of stores. Marley Station Mall is a dying mall and it's only a matter of time before it closes its doors for good. Sad to see such a place where my parents and I went to often. It started dying after the Arundel Mills Mall was built while I was in private school. We drove by it on the way to and from my school. =/ 

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Scholar4Truth

I have not been to a mall since the early 2000's (2003-2006) during my Middle School and High School days. 

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Agent0range

The Steamtown Mall in Scranton, PA was basically doomed.  It was bought out, and now houses an aquarium, a local marketplace to include numerous local food vendors, as well as many of the regular mall stores.  We were there two weeks ago, and it's pretty great.  The marketplace was the beginning, and that caught on so much, and brought so much business back, that the other things moved in.

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MainerMikeBrown

To be honest, I often feel bored while walking through malls.

But at the same time, I hope they never go away altogether.

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