What was once Americans' favorite pastime is on its way to becoming a historic relic.

This article titled “The shopping mall is dead. Long live wandering aimlessly around the mall” was written by Emma Brockes, for theguardian.com on Thursday 13th March 2014 16.16 UTC

I was 20 years old the first time I visited America, braced for what, among this country’s many wonders, strikes the newcomer as the strangest and most wonderful of all: the cheapness of the jeans, the size of the portions, and the gargantuan scale of the shopping malls. A friend’s relatives took us to a mall in New Jersey where we did what foreigners do when they first come here: take photos of themselves standing outside a branch of K-Mart as if it were the Taj Mahal. I’m not being sarcastic. After a lifetime of watching teen movies set in these places, it was completely and utterly thrilling.

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