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What happens when a placeless place dies?

strip mall in Edmonton

The National Post’s article “Canada’s strip malls crumble toward extinction” is a fascinating study in placelessness. As the article suggests, these strip malls, “a rectangular box surrounded by a sea of empty space”, were built as worlds unto themselves, usually without design or much consideration, except to cater to the needs of the automobile.

Now, as their popularity is waning, what will happen with these developments? Beyond the beauty contest described in the article, can we make a placeless place into a placeful place?


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This entry was posted on June 8, 2012 by in thinkings and tagged , , , .

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