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Shopping without malls could rejuvenate economic world

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Perhaps, in the way nature has healed because of the absence of humans during lockdown, so too, the economic world might return to the old ways … of small shops and personal service.


23 May 2020
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Shopping without malls could rejuvenate economic world

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If there is one symbol of the culture of conspicuous consumption – which has led to prosperity for some, but has negatively affected parts of society and the planet itself – then it must be the suburban shopping mall. The phenomenon began in post-World War II America, as cities sprawled and car ownership boomed. Inner city business districts were depopulated of their shops and smaller suburban shopping centres were closed as the mall giants took away retailers. The same thing happened in South Africa which, in many aspects, has a similar suburban dynamic to the United States. So, we think...

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