21500 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48075
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 began to fall at the turn of the millennium once the Detroit area became oversaturated with malls and retail developments, shutting down its last stores in 2015. The site will be redeveloped for mixed-use, potentially retaining the massive Hudson’s building.
Status: Abandoned, partially-demolished. Security detail on-site. Don’t bother.
Stories: Coming Soon!
Flickr set: Northland Center