Northland Center

Chrome MonolithAddress:
21500 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075

Years Active:
1954-2015

Summary:
One of the first modern shopping malls in America; the first of four outlying shopping centers developed by Detroit’s J.L. Hudson department store, and designed by Victor Gruen. Enclosed and expanded in 1974, 1985, 1991 and 1996; Northland’s fortunes declined during the 90s into the new millennium, when the Detroit suburbs became oversaturated with retail developments. Crime spilling out from the city proper didn’t help. The mall ceased operations in 2015 following the departure of its last anchor, Macy’s, and the site will be redeveloped for mixed-use. The colossal Hudson’s (Macy’s) building and labyrinth of underground service tunnels may be spared.

Status: Abandoned, partially-demolished. Security and police presence. Don’t bother.

Stories: Coming Soon!

Flickr set: Northland Center

Loot: VHS tapes, a banner and paper stuff.