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What had led to this lack of faith and departure of belief in the mall? If Gruen had lived beyond 1980, would his impression of the mall have changed? Would movies such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) and Clueless (1995) be enough to disburden such hatred and embarrassment? A tad morbid but perhaps its best o that Gruen had passed when he had for America’s devout cult following of the secular religion of capitalism intensified. The mall has fallen with mercy to the free market and became its church, hosting rituals and services of consumerism, mass led by The Man himself. Yet here we are, mid-way through 2016 and identifying what seems to be the decline/end of the mall and the architype itself. Somewhere in the turn of the recent century, notable mall tenants slowly departed, leaving vacant storefronts with signs expressing apologies and promise of trendier shops. Internet junkies thrived on the opportunity to photograph the ruins and decay, posting stories on websites such as www.deadmalls.com and image galleries to Dead Malls Enthusiasts, a Facebook group of

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portfolio _ iteration 5  

2016 11 30 raymond majewski portfolio

portfolio _ iteration 5  

2016 11 30 raymond majewski portfolio

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