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Abandoned Malls Are Now Being Turned Into Hybrid Apartment Housing

• by Tyler Durden

As brick and mortar unceremoniously gives way to e-commerce, one shopping mall after the next has been left for dead, with some even starting to be reclaimed by the Earth, complete with flora and fauna. 

As the malls try to cling to whatever life they have left, different ideas have emerged with how to deal with the empty spaces. Older malls are bleeding tenants and some just wind up making their way to the graveyard. Newer malls are focusing more on "entertainment" tenants instead of traditional stores. 

And then there's newer ideas, like trying to turn malls into hybrid-apartment buildings. This is exactly what's happening at the Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, a suburb north of Seattle. The idea is to merge living spaces and commerce to move people closer to shops and lower the mall's reliance on people traveling to get there.