Today in the city Gallup 15.09.2019

These photos of abandoned malls and golf courses reveal a new era for the American suburb

The American suburb has gone through some huge changes in the last few decades.
Malls, once a place for suburbanites to spend their downtime, have suffered in the wake of the retail apocalypse, and many have shut down. 
Suburban real estate and golf courses have also evolved in recent years.
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In March 2017, Business Insider reported a series of stories on "The Death of Suburbia," declaring the end of the suburbs as we once knew them.
By examining the plummeting value of McMansions, the increasingly blurry line between city and suburb, and the shuttered shopping malls across the nation, we saw that the once-flourishing suburbs were no longer what they used to be.
Read more: Millennials are following in baby boomers' footsteps and heading for the suburbs — but there's a key difference in how they're doing it
Ahead, see a collection of photos from Seph Lawless and Business Insider reporters, showing the relics of America's suburban past. Some of these structures are now abandoned while millennials move forward with alternative ways of living.    SEE ALSO: The suburban mansion may be losing its spot as part of the American Dream, and it highlights just how different millennials' and baby boomers' worlds are
DON'T MISS: The 50 best suburbs in America, ranked
It's been a rough couple of years for the retail industry, and malls are shutting down across the country. Chicago's Lincoln Mall, pictured here, shut its doors in January 2015.

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It had originally opened in 1973.

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The 700,000-square-foot mall had the capacity to host four anchor stores and 100 smaller shops.

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Closer to its final months, the mall had just 40 storefronts in business.

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In 2013, the mall's owner told The Chicago Tribune that the property was losing $2 million a year.

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The closure of the mall's Sears was a major blow to its business.

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The same year, a court-ordered receiver was appointed to force the location to pay taxes and fines as well as make necessary repairs.

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The mall's tenants did not generate enough in rent to pay for the improvements or repairs, according to an attorney for the owner.

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The mall reportedly failed to make these changes, which included creating new exits to comply with fire codes and replacing electrical and air conditioning systems.

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In November 2014, a Cook County judge ordered the closure of the mall following the holiday shopping season.

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For nearly two years, the mall sat empty.

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Its shops' signage stayed intact, however.

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Some banners also remained hanging.

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Demolition began on the property in May 2017.

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The Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, Ohio, had a similar fate.

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This mall originally opened in 1975.

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With JC Penney as one of its anchor stores, this mall's parking lot was packed with visitors in the early 1980s.

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It officially closed in 2008.

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Demolition of the mall began in 2016.

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The Metro North Shopping Center in Kansas City, Missouri, has also shuttered.

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This mall opened in 1976.

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The mall was massive. Sitting at 1.2 million square feet, it once housed more than 150 retailers.

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The mall officially closed in 2014.

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Originally, a $200 million makeover was in the works, but the developers ditched the plan in 2015, citing difficulties attracting tenants.

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Even some malls that are still open for business look like ghost towns. Here's the Regency Square Mall in Richmond, Virginia, in March 2017, for example.

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Empty storefronts lined the halls.

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Similarly, Valley View Mall in Dallas, Texas — which opened in 1973 — was mostly empty of both people and stores when Business Insider visited on December 23, 2016.

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The mall flourished in the 70s and through the 1980s.

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However, as early as the 1990s, after one of its anchor stores, Bloomingdale's, closed, it began experiencing financial trouble.

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Some of Valley View's original shops had been taken over by what looked more like a neighborhood garage sale than a store.

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It also seemed that many of the shops had been repurposed.

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Valley View Mall officially closed in July of 2017.

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Demolition of the mall began in May of 2019. The site will be replaced with mixed-use high-rise buildings that will include office space, retail space, entertainment space, and residential units.

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Many retailers have struggled to adapt to changing consumer behaviors. As for the anchor stores that are still open in malls, such as this Sears store in Glen Allen, Virginia, the lack of products can be alarming.

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In July 2017, Business Insider correspondent Hayley Peterson visited the Glen Allen Sears and found empty shelves in the shoe department.

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A broken display shelf was found in the appliances department.

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A corner of the store featuring travel items had the same products hanging on multiple hooks in a likely attempt to fill space.

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A department devoted to curtains also appeared to be missing some inventory.

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This section was better stocked than other departments, but it also lacked wall signage.

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Ripped carpet lined the walls below empty shelves.

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The men's department was also very empty.

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This Sears location in Woodbridge, New Jersey, which we visited in February 2017, didn't look much better.

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This Richmond, Virginia location was also lacking merchandise.

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In November 2018, Sears announced that 40 Sears and Kmart stores would close its doors. This news came in addition to the 142 stores already set to close by the end of the year.

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The number of store closures announced in 2018 brought Sears' total store count down to around 500 — a major decrease from 2,000 stores in 2013.

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In July 2016, we visited the flagship Macy's store in Manhattan, only to find messy shelves and lots of sales. Macy's closed 68 locations in 2017.

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The apparel department was also a mess.

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It's not just the malls' anchor stores. Crocs closed 158 locations in 2017.

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In 2017, nearly everything was on sale at RadioShack as they prepared to close 1,430 stores nationwide.

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In 2017, Wet Seal announced the closing of all 171 locations.

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In 2018, Mattress Firm announced that it will close up to 700 stores across the United States.

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Malls and shopping aren't the only things that have changed in suburbs across America. Once a community staple in many American suburbs, the golf course is also now a slowly dying breed.

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More than 800 golf courses have shuttered across the US in the past decade, and data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association has shown that millennials between the age of 18 to 30 have a lack of interest in playing the game.

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The Apple Ridge Country Club, located in Mahwah, New Jersey, opened in 1966.

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Complete with an event space, 18-hole golf course, swimming pool, and tennis courts, Apple Ridge was a place the whole community could enjoy.

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Since it officially closed in late 2015, the country club has seemingly remained uncared for.

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This is how it looked when we paid a visit in February 2017.

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Today, millennials are doing everything they can to live in cities rather than traditional neighborhood homes.

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In lieu of traditional housing, some millennials are turning basements, boats, and vans into homes.

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Young homebuyers with different attitudes towards conspicuous consumption are also killing off the McMansion, a sprawling, often architecturally mismatched home boasting several thousand square feet of space.

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the source: https://www.businessinsider.com/american-suburbs-dying-photos-2017-10

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