As millions of Americans enjoy an autumn holiday weekend, many of them will celebrate ‘Thanksgiving’ by getting together with family and friends. The following day, however, citizens will converge on shopping malls around the country, hoping to purchase goods at discounted prices, as the Christmas consumer season officially begins.
In recent years, in fact, throngs of shoppers have literally trampled each other to death in an effort to snag sale items before they are scooped up by rival bargain-hunters. When crass consumerism turns this deadly, it might be an obvious sign of cultural decline, and a good reason to re-imagine the malls of America. With the US economy approaching finite limits, this exercise no longer requires much imagination, only a digital camera to record the crash and burn.
Every time that an indoor shopping center goes bankrupt or shutters its doors in the United States, a Facebook group called “Dead Malls Enthusiasts” adds another pin to its abandoned mall map, along with photographs of the deceased center of commerce. The following is a selection of some of the most striking images collected by the group.
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