The Maul Of America

A "city within a city" it's not.
September 14, 2004, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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The nation’s largest shopping center, which last month celebrated its 12th birthday, claims it has everything a visitor could possibly want in an urban environment. Nonsense. The mall boasts none of the real and durable civic equipment that an authentic city can offer — green spaces, outdoor cafes, bike lanes, quality jazz clubs, sporting events, or a river running through it. What the mall presents is a climate-controlled 4.2 million square-foot retail riot large enough to house 32 Boeing 747’s, and so busy that the building is now one of the top tourist attractions in the United States.

Thanks to Keith Schneder

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Published on Monday, September 13, 2004 in Michigan Land Use Institute
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