The Insightful Troll

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Why European Malls Are Thriving

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This video essay by Adam Kovacs on why European malls are doing better than their American counterparts. It’s not Amazon or the economy. Its urban planing.

Malls, hell, all commerce has to be an organic part of towns and cities. People should be able to get to them by means other than a car, and conveniently. Such integrated commercial spaces are far more resilient. If your commercial spaces aren’t resilient — if you just plop a big box outside the town — don’t be surprised when it goes bust in a few years. And then it’s bulldozed for the next thing to be put up for it to go bust the same way and then get bulldozed and then the next thing and the next and the next so on and so forth.