Living At The Mall In Downtown San Jose

Is Santana Row a "European style neighborhood" as its developer proclaims, a shopping mall with a wider than usual range of uses, or the next set for the Truman Show?

Despite a tragic fire, Santana Row--a high intensity, upscale mall with apartments and (soon) a hotel--is opening less than 3 miles from retail-challenged Downtown San Jose. Traci Vogel skeptically explores the hyperreality of a "downtown" that doesn't bother to give directions on how to get there by tranist. Another column in the same paper gives an opposing, more favorable view.

Thanks to Nathan Landau

Full Story: My So-Malled Life

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