"Lately I’ve been unwinding at the end of the night by watching tours of dead and dying shopping malls on YouTube. There are two basic types. The first explores a mall that is still open, though the end is evidently nigh — the retail equivalent of a sinking ship. Wings are shut down and cordoned off one by one, like gangrenous limbs. The doomed mall lapses into bleak absurdity, like a government office in the end stages of a failing regime. Lonesome holdouts go on peddling their wares, to virtually no one, amid boarded-up storefronts and signs advertising “retail opportunities.” In one video, a single clerk is seen operating a jewelry kiosk in an otherwise-deserted corridor."
Photo: Brian Ulrich