With all the malls and retail spaces dotting the American landscape, ruined malls could someday stand as memorials to modern society. Photographer Brian Ulrich documents abandoned and neglected retail spaces, including many that have already fallen into decay.

The more immaculate of these malls evoke the nation of ghost malls Cory Doctorow imagines in his recent book Makers, or seem ripe for zombies. But the decaying images offer possible glimpses of America's eventual ruins.

Ghosts of Shopping Past [Morning News via Boing Boing]

The Retail Ruins of America's Ghost Malls

JC Penney, Dixie Square Mall, 2009

The Retail Ruins of America's Ghost Malls

Belz Factory Outlet Mall, 2009

The Retail Ruins of America's Ghost Malls

Rolling Acres Mall 1, 2008

The Retail Ruins of America's Ghost Malls

Columbus City Center, 2009

The Retail Ruins of America's Ghost Malls

Dixie Square Mall, 2008

The Retail Ruins of America's Ghost Malls

Kentucky Fried Chicken, 2009