Mall operators like Macerich Co. and Westfield Group are beginning to open markets inside their properties, where vendors can sell, among other items, gourmet prepared foods and groceries such as heirloom coffee, small-batch vinegars, artisan meats, and wine. One market in Santa Monica will even boast a cooking school, as well as a soufflé bar.
Well, I guess this says something about the state of current girlhood in America, but it's not, um, pretty. OMG BFF LOL is a cartoon from artist Charlie White's exhibit The Girl Studies. It follows two girls who love shopping at the mall, and like, shopping some more.
In this episode, the two Barbie-like teens walk in and exclaim malls are like heaven — everything you could ever want on a never-ending path of tiled floors. But then the pessimist of the duo contemplates that the mall is much more like hell: everything you could want, but you can't have it all. Deep! My favorite quote? "I love to want."
Empty swimming pools have always fascinated and disturbed me; they're cold, creepy holes for the better part of the year. Mall season has been coming to its end since the '90s, and more and more empty malls and shopping centers are sitting sad and stark, like inverted pools, off highways across the country.
How'd it happen? For years, developers assumed they'd make money if they built malls bigger than the last. And that assumption was correct, for a while. But they never foresaw what would happen to their big box when a bigger one was built. Now cities that house once-crowning, albeit fake, jewels struggle with lost tax revenue, vandalism and crime, and decreasing property values.
But malls don't have to go to hell. If they haven't been allowed to decay and were structurally sound to begin with (that may be a big if), then they can be retrofitted, greened, and reinhabited. Check out 10 new uses for old malls below — maybe you have something better to add!
- Community college classrooms
- Parks, especially malls built on wetlands that are now environmentally protected
- Senior housing
- Town centers, incorporated into mixed-use streets with housing, offices, and shopping
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The mall is a one stop shopping spot where you can go and get virtually anything you need. Turns out that some people are taking that claim further than we think.
While shopping at the mall this holiday season, maybe you want to stop in a cosmedical clinic. What's that? Well cosmedical clinics are like medical spas, and they are starting to pop up in malls across America. At these clinics you can get noninvasive procedures like Botox injections. The scary part is that some of the clinics don’t require their practitioners to be plastic surgeons or dermatologists; it just depends on the state where the procedure is being done.
It just seems odd that we are considering putting help labels on plus size clothing yet we are making it more and more available to get Botox and Restylane.
What do you guys think?
I hate to be the one to bring it up, but it's that time of year again -- time to think about getting that holiday shopping done. [Insert scream heard round the world.] I usually try to do a lot of my shopping online, but I always still have to make the obligatory trip to the mall for something that I couldn't get online.
While I'm there, I get hungry. It's unavoidable, and it just happens. What's worse? Not only am I hungry but I also know there is a place where food is so easily accessible. A place that reminds me of the fast food holy land: The Food Court.
For ways to hit the food court without hitting rock bottom on your diet, read more