Haunting photos of a dead Ohio mall in ruins

Rolling acres mall

Malls across America are dying.

One photographer, Johnny Joo, visited the defunct Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio.

In the winter, the mall was covered in snow.

But now, the foliage has taken over the former retail haven.

What Joo found was haunting and fascinating.

Check it out.

You can view more of Joo’s work on his blog, Architectural Afterlife.

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title=”‘Nature can be so beautifully destructive with our construction,’ Joo wrote. ‘Though, when you think about it — is nature actually being constructive with our deconstruction? We abandon things far too easily.'”
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title=”These dying malls are not upscale or low scale — they fall right in between. ‘Middle-level malls are disappearing,’ Howard Davidowitz, chairman of Davidowitz & Associates, Inc., a national retail-consulting and investment-banking firm, said. ‘Developers are trying to do all kinds of things to save them, but at the end of the day, half of them are going to close.'”
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title=”‘When winter came last year, heavy snow collapsed the glass roof, creating an entirely brand new scene, like one straight from a fantasy. Now, as the snow had melted, being completely open to the elements, yet another scene has emerged, beginning to turn the mall into a forest,’ Joo wrote.”
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