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Take a Weirdly Hypnotising Tour of America's Dying Malls

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Freddie Gagne
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The eerie quality of man-made structures that have become completely abandoned exists outside of Fukushima Daiichi’s exclusion zone, where convenience stores and homes have stood utterly still since a reactor meltdown made the area uninhabitable in 2011.

The same sort of disuse is probably somewhere in your nearest suburb.

Videographer Dan Bell has been documenting America’s countless mausoleums of forgotten economic booms through his series Dead Malls.

As the title suggests, he travels the country touring these sprawling facilities that have been made largely redundant by online shopping, losing “anchor” stores year by year.

What remains are the ghosts of capitalism past: movie marquees that haven’t been changed since they shuttered, gated and gutted spaces where stores either fled or went out of business, and a few of the world’s last remaining Radioshacks.

Bell’s commentary is part researched video essay and part unboxing video.

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