Death of The Great American Mall?
I contest the notion that the great American mall is on its death bed. Under the right circumstances, I have – as recently as yesterday – experienced the great American mall in action, and its thriving. When properly located, and other large retail space is less readily available, the mall is the center of many communities and alive with prosperity.
It is the unnecessary destruction of green space and building of upwards of five, six, seven shopping centers, strips malls, and other such brick & mortar retail spaces, all within a few miles of each other and our existing malls that is at the root of the problem. Such development is built on both greed and short-sightedness, and perhaps unnecessarily paving (quite literally) the way towards the great American mall’s death.