Amazon.com has been called the killer of the American indoor shopping mall in countless articles. But it’s been no secret that traditional shopping centers have been struggling long before the advent of online shopping, with the United States boasting more square feet of retail than any other developed nation by far. It’s with some irony that Amazon.com is building new fulfillment centers on the grounds of two dead malls.
I think about my mortality a lot, how finite my life is and what luck I have had. At age 32, I have been incredibly lucky to have only had minor health ailments considering the risks I have put myself into exploring abandoned buildings for over 16 years.
Along the southern harbors of Buffalo, New York is the ruins of several elevators. Some of those giants, such as the former Cargill Superior, and Canadian Pool, have been derelict for decades, while others have been closed for just a few years. They can all point their decline to the intervention of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the unpreparedness of Buffalo’s industrial leaders as the reason for their closure.