Severance, which opened in 1963 as Ohio's first indoor mall, was reinvented as an outward-facing shopping center in the late '90s but could be approaching "dead mall" status just 15 years later, a sort of life expectancy unseen in the architecture world outside of sports stadiums and arenas. Walmart's departure two years ago for the greener grass at Oakwood Commons in South Euclid sent the mall into a downward spiral. Severance is now 35 percent vacant and in foreclosure.
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