The Story Of The Trashed Mall From ‘Blues Brothers’

k-bigpicThe Dixie Square Shopping Center in Harvey, IL was left trashed and smashed after Jake, Elwood, and hundreds of cops tore it up on the set of ‘The Blues Brothers.’ Jalopnik could the inside story of what happened to the mall after it was used for the movie.

Once the crew left (the mall in a disastrous state that was never repaired, despite a lawsuit that was ultimately tossed): the mall was briefly used as a school, then left to rot from 1981 onward. From there, it was a heavy crime magnet, with gang activity and vandalism taking over for the first 20 years until photographers began documenting and exploring its bombed-out shell, starting around 2003 or so.

After at least one murder was committed in there, multiple arsons, roof collapses, one botched revitalization project after another, thousands of photographs, and an “accidental” demolition of one of the anchor stores that was to be purchased and used as a warehouse: it was finally demolished late last year, only-possible through the use of Hurricane Ike disaster relief funding… business as usual in Illinois.

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