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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Dixie Square Mall Scheduled for Demolition

According to Wikipedia, Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, Illinois will soon be demolished to make way for a stip mall. The Dixie Square Mall is famous for two reasons: the mall was the mall used for the car chases features in The Blues Brothers, and it has been vacant longer than it was occupied. The mall opened in 1965 and closed in 1978. Since 1978, it has sat and crumbled much like River Roads Mall in Jennings, Missouri -- also being demolished soon.


tobyweiss.com said...

Last week, I got an e-mail from these people:
They've been following the Northland Shopping Center saga, as well as wanting to know about RiverRoads. So, your post is very timely, very synchronistic.

Michael R. Allen said...

I never fail to see the irony in my having concern for the future of enclosed shopping malls. But for some reason, I care!

I probably would never have become interested in Dixie Square or River Roads had they never become abandoned. Northlands had exciting architecture, but the other malls are compelling more because of their distorted, uprooted conditions.