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The Death Of The Great American Shopping Center

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Malls used to be "cool" places to hang out. But now, more and more malls are becoming abandoned structures, rotting inside and waiting for the wrecking ball. What do these hollowed-out shopping centers say about where we are as a country?

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Music: Algea Tender, Collecting Samples, In Passage and Diatom by Blue Dot Sessions; all have been edited.

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