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Wednesday, September 11, 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 past few decades.
Malls, once a place for suburbanites to spend their downtime, have suffered in what has been dubbed the retail apocalypse, and many have shut down.
Suburban real estate and golf courses have also evolved in recent years.
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 US, we saw that the once flourishing suburbs were no longer what they used to be.
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.
It's been a rough couple of years for the retail industry, and malls are shutting down across the US. Chicago's Lincoln Mall, pictured here, shut its doors in January 2015.