In a post last week, American Pompeii: After the Food Court Closes, we published photos of the food court – surreal, with its neon lights and its sci-fi paintings – at the mostly abandoned White Flint Mall, which is slated for demolition. Earlier this month, a judge once again blocked an attempt to halt the redevelopment.
The mall is spotless. It’s mostly empty of people, but still open for visitors and all elevators are in operation. Muzak plays in the background. There are still distinct storefronts (a Godiva is especially identifiable), but they’re shuttered and the names of the stores have been removed. Through a grate, a single light bulb illuminates the concession stand at the old movie theater. It’s pretty cliché to describe something as out of a Twilight Zone episode, but in this case, the metaphor’s apt. “Stopover in a Quiet Town” and “Where Is Everybody?” spring to mind.
Given the popularity of last week’s photos – with coverage over at Gawker, BuzzFeed, Curbed, Saveur, Yahoo! News, Marginal Revolution, the Washington Examiner, and elsewhere – Duck Pie is publishing more photos from the same trip to White Flint Mall. Enjoy!