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I disliked the tiny mall I visited and it may have been a three-minute walk from one end to the other, but it was an open air walk.

To me the moa is a description of human despair.  The only relating factor for people in that setting is their car.  It's the size, it's disconnected from every other human activity, it looks like you'd "need" a golf cart just to get around inside and there is no social quality at all in any of the ´planning´.  Even if there are restaurants there, even if there is ´a bus´.

A person on foot could not survive there, a car breakdown in that area would render one helpless --short of a cell phone-- waiting for a rare police patrol, or a good samaritan that ...might give up the ´freedom of speed´ and stop the car to help.  It is car heaven and captive-human hell.

Our knowledge has surpassed our wisdom. -Charu Saxena.

by metavision on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 07:40:38 AM EST
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Indoor malls make sense in the American midwest because it gets so damn cold in the winter. Believe me, it's convenient when the temperature is below zero (Fahrenheit!). A lot of the modern malls here in northern California are outdoor because the weather is temperate year round.

The mall is well served with busses and light rail, so actually, a lot of poor and working class people that don't own cars shop there. The counterpoint is that their own neighborhoods are not well served, which I won't deny.

You can certainly walk around the inside - it's great exercise.

I'm not a big fan of malls, but calling it a pit of human despair is a bit much. Despair is violence, unemployment, starvation, those kinds of things. Malls  are a misallocation of material resources more than a human evil.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Mar 27th, 2007 at 12:56:34 PM EST
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