The shopping mall is a heavily debated and vilified phenomenon. Malls are often seen as soulless halls of commerce that try, but fail to create a third space and sense of community. Blame is frequently heaped on these shopping centers for destroying local businesses and perpetuating a bland cookie cutter culture. And like them or not, massive malls are on a downturn. The remains of once thriving shopping malls litter communities across America -retail vacancies are currently at a six year high.

What then, are communities to do with these empty shells of retail? One couple, Rhode Island artists Michael Townsend and Adriana Yoto decided to explore the idea of the mall in depth, by moving in to their local shopping center.

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