Tag: dead malls

RIP, Owings Mills Mall

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Photo via Save Owings Mills Mall Facebook page
Photo via Save Owings Mills Mall Facebook page

Another mall bites the dust: Owings Mills Mall has been on a long, slow decline in recent years. It was even featured in a New York Times story on dead malls--while it was still (ostensibly) open. But now the enclosed mall has finally seen its last shopper.

Everyone Loves a Dead Mall

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Have you been to the Owings Mills Mall recently? I haven’t — and hardly anyone else has, either. The once-vibrant mall is one of dozens of enclosed shopping malls that have either closed or are close to it.

These Pictures from an Abandoned Md. Mall Are Beautifully Eerie

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Photo by Jeremy for Duck Pie
Photo by Jeremy for Duck Pie

According to Jeremy at Duck Pie, the White Flint Mall in North Bethesda was a pretty big deal when it opened in 1977. But the owner announced in 2011 that the “pure glamor” shopping center would be demolished and replaced by a “town.” One by one, stores and attractions closed, with the last holdouts — Lord & Taylor, Dave & Buster’s, P.F. Chang’s, and one or two others — refusing to concede defeat.

So Duck Pie’s recent photos from White Flint’s food court do not show decaying, neglected ruins — but rather the uncanny image of a clean, tidy mall utterly lacking in things to buy or people to buy them.

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