In the ’90s, people absolutely loved the mall. From movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Mallrats to game shows like Shop ‘Til You Drop the mall was the place to be in the era of baggy jeans, scrunchies, and boy bands. While Americans might love the mall a little less these days, there’s one man who still thinks of it often: artist Michael Townsend. He’s the man who built and lived in a secret apartment in a mall in Providence, Rhode Island. That’s right!
Townsend’s story is one of artistry, passion, and fascinating criminal behavior all rolled into one! And you’ll never believe the reason that Townsend and his then-wife decided to construct a secret apartment in the mall – right under the noses of the security team!