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Dead Mall of the Month: Forest Fair VIllage

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This is the first of what may or may not be an ongoing series for me. But I've been on a mall kick lately and I'm focusing on dead and dying malls in particular as they may not be around much longer. To start things off, I am posting a little feature on the colorful Forest Fair Village which is also called Cincinnati Mills and Cincinnati Mall. It has had several name and ownership changes through the years since it opened in 1989. To my knowledge it has never been fully occupied although it did enjoy brief periods of success. This is a huge mall with over 1.5 million square feet of space with room for about 150 stores maximum. Today it is said to have between 4 and 7 interior businesses that are still open. Forest Fair may be the deadest mall today in terms of the percentage of space occupied that hasn't closed altogether. One of the big draws here is the anchor store Bass Pro Shops. But they are expected to relocate to a new building in the Cincy area in 2016. At that time, observers expect Forest Fair's doors to close for good. But for now, visitors can still walk in and enjoy the building's unique décor.

 

"Nickelodeon just called, they want their studio back!" :P

 

The first video is from mysticblu who gives a complete walkthrough of all the areas that are still open to the public.

 

 

And here's one more from Dan Bell who has a popular dead malls series on Youtube.

 

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This is so funny because I was on a dead mall craze for a bit myself. Landover Mall here in Maryland was a big location until the Anchor stores left. Well that's kinda how you get a dead mall, the big names leave and theres nothing left.

 

I hope you do make a series of it!

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We've got a pretty interesting pretty much dead mall out here. (granted, I use the term mall loosely with this place, it was ill-conceived)  

 

Neonopolis ... it's right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas opened in 2001 so it's not even that old.

 

It was supposed to be a huge revitalization for Downtown Las Vegas and the entire project was a flop from the beginning (an outdoor mall in the desert with no major anchor stores surrounded by strip clubs and casinos in a high crime neighborhood, what could go wrong amirite?)

 

Anyway today it's probably got no more than 2-3 actual stores and a couple restaurants with most of the storefronts are being leased out as offices to try and keep the mall's doors open.

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This is so funny because I was on a dead mall craze for a bit myself. Landover Mall here in Maryland was a big location until the Anchor stores left. Well that's kinda how you get a dead mall, the big names leave and theres nothing left.

 

I hope you do make a series of it!

Thanks.  I'm more familiar with Baltimore malls than Washington's although there are some that overlap.  I have heard of Landover Mall though and I guess that gives me an edge over most people?

 

 

We've got a pretty interesting pretty much dead mall out here. (granted, I use the term mall loosely with this place, it was ill-conceived)  

 

Neonopolis ... it's right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas opened in 2001 so it's not even that old.

 

It was supposed to be a huge revitalization for Downtown Las Vegas and the entire project was a flop from the beginning (an outdoor mall in the desert with no major anchor stores surrounded by strip clubs and casinos in a high crime neighborhood, what could go wrong amirite?)

 

Neonopolis!  I've never heard of that before but I like the name.  Only in Vegas would they even attempt something like that.  :P  Sorry to hear it didn't pan out. 

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