Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day 15 – Miami Mall

Decided to make the best of it and headed off to eth Dolphin mall for a serious shop. Clothes galore. The place was huge with quite a few British refugees, showing the Dunkirk spirit by getting deeper into debt. No sign of an earlier flight.

I've been coming to the US since my teens and never really got the 'Mall' think until I was much older. I think it's the US version of the 'promenade'. Go to southern Europe and you'll see people walk (slowly) on set routes, along the seafront, up certain streets, chatting, stopping for an ice cream. As nobody walks anywhere in the US, the car has displaced the promenade to malls. The street has been recreated inside buildings. The mall promenade takes you past huge, glass shopfronts, the walk punctuated with little stalls and food halls. The outside has been created inside, you drive to take a walk. Note that I don't mean any of this pejoratively. I rather like the Mall promenade. What it does however, is squeeze out independent operators for a homogenised series of big names, so that every Mall in the US has become like every other Mall from Anchorage to Miami. Capitalism at its extreme end become commoditisation.

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