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Shopping Malls Aren't Actually Dying

Photos of creepy, abandoned malls are eerie, but misleading. Most of America's malls are doing just fine.
Shoppers ride escalators at the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles, California.
Shoppers ride escalators at the Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles, California. REUTERS/David McNew

On March 5, the Miami Herald revealed a new plan to build a 200-acre mega-mall in the suburbs of Miami, complete with an attached hotel and condos, a sea-lion show, and an artificial ski slope. It would be the largest shopping mall in the United States, surpassing Minnesota's Mall of America (developed by the same Canadian company, Triple Five).

On Twitter, the response from urbanists was swift—and incredulous: