Anyone who’s driven the northern terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike anytime over the past 15 years has been visually assaulted by the sight of the massive entertainment-focused shopping mall under construction. Previously called Xanadu, but now American Dream, former Gov. Chris Christie was not wrong when he dubbed the orange-tinged, multicolor eyesore (to paraphrase), the ugliest damn building in New Jersey and possibly America.
Yet it has undergone a major transformation in the past year, and the theme park-based shopping oasis is finally nearing completion, with a scheduled opening sometime in October. Importantly, the unattractive exterior palette has now become a more visually appealing white and retailers are beginning to move into the mall and hire employees.
Given the shopping mall is in decline throughout