An Alternate Future for the Mall

Reforma 222 is one of dozens of urban malls in the largest city in North America. It is a stop on the Turibus circuit, and a popular weekend family destination. Malls may be dying north of the border, but in Latin America the urban mall is a growing industry, and the Mexican urban mall particularly so. Privatization, foreign investment, and the growth of the informal economy have reshaped the capital in the last few decades, and in this metropolis of 22 million people, the mall tells the story of globalization’s consequences for the Mexican city… More at n+1.

I have long thought that traditional shopping is in serious danger and will one day die out, but what would replace the mall? A shopping mall offers a meeting place, a cover for coffee shops and so many other things besides merely spending money on material objects.

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  1. The indoor shopping centre in Newbury is dead. Even TK Maxx and Poundland have moved out. Shop after shop after shop all empty. It looks dated and would need massive investment to turn it around. Perhaps some kind of entertainment hub. But, even then, I’ve a nasty feeling it would be trashy with than pleasant.

    • But that’s not true of Brighton, Bluewater and even Crawley where the shipping centres are busy and generally very smart. Maybe they will suffer over time as well, but for Crawley as an example, there must be 10 coffee shops in the shopping centre and 3 eating establishments.

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