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Eerie never-before-seen photos from inside one of Chicago’s abandoned malls

Chicago's Lincoln Mall shut down in 2015. Here's what the depressing shell of a shopping center looks like today, with photos from Seph Lawless.

The death of the American mall is forcing Starbucks to make some major changes

The future of Starbucks' Teavana stores is in question, as mall traffic plummets.

Crazy-high rent, record-low homeownership, and overcrowding: California has a plan to solve the housing crisis, but not without a fight

A new California law allows homeowners to build "granny flats" in their backyards wherein they can house renters for extra income.

The American dream of suburbia is evolving — here’s what it’ll be like to live in the suburb of the future

Since the '50s, the American Dream of suburbia included a huge home, white picket fence, and shiny car. How will that dream change over the next decade?

Prescriptions for painkillers brought about the explosion in heroin use in America’s suburbs

The face of today's drug epidemic is young, white, and middle-class.

DEATH OF THE FOOD COURT: Iconic mall chains like Cinnabon, Sbarro, and Panda Express are transforming to survive

Declining mall traffic means chains like Sbarro, Cinnabon, Jamba Juice, and Panda Express have lost some of their most reliable customers.

An American cultural revolution is killing cookie-cutter homes — here’s what homebuilders are selling instead

The companies that popularized the cookie-cutter neighborhood have left the model behind — a shift that reflects an American cultural evolution.

Rising gas prices are a growing threat to the American way of life

As gas prices continue to rise, Americans could be forced to transform how they drive, spend, and where they live.

Millennials are paying thousands of dollars a month for maid service and instant friends in modern ‘hacker houses’

Startups are capitalizing on millennials' desperate search for city housing with co-living spaces that pack in large numbers of people.

Applebee’s, TGI Fridays, and Chili’s are trying to claw their way out of a restaurant death trap

Casual dining chains like Applebee's, Fridays, and Chili's are struggling to survive in 2017.