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Really FINAL DAYS!!

May 24, 2008 - Ron Flaviano
This is just a quick one... Much to my chagrin, I found out that one of my favorite malls is closing in June. Randall Park Mall in Cleveland, Ohio. Granted, I am not a big mall shopper now...but back in the day, shopping at the mall was pretty cool. Especially some of the groovy malls in the 70s.

Randall Park opened to much fanfare in 1976, and was, for a bit of time, one of the largest malls in America. The mall began to decline shortly after it opened, and most of the outparcel units (including a large hotel) have long been closed.

I took my sister and nephew there last summer to show them the 70s style of Randall Park. Its architecture and design are definitely from the mid-70s...very futuristic, modern and space-like. It's like Frank Lloyd Wright in the disco era.

I am sad to see it go, but like many other mall properties in Northeastern Ohio, the population has just moved on. I hope that the building itself can somehow be reused as another shopping complex, or perhaps office space, living or lifestyle center. The sheer organic nature of the design is important to save...

I snapped several photos a few years ago, and put them up on YouTube...along with some pictures of Rolling Acres Mall in Akron. I will go to Randall before it closes and take some heavy-duty video footage...to preserve memories for future days.

 
 

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