No blog URBANLAND tem um artigo interessante sobre o passado, presente e sobretudo o futuro dos grandes centros comerciais sub-urbanos.
“Americans value convenience, but the perceived convenience of the strip has been reduced as traffic congestion has worsened in recent years. Add to this rising fuel prices and an overall physical environment designed for cars, instead of people, and it’s understandable why fewer people want to shop the strip and almost no one wants to linger.”
Relacionado com isto fui desenterrar uma notícia que já tinha visto sobre o South China Mall, um superempreendimento comercial entre Shenzen e Guangzhou na China.
“While China recently announced 45 new airports due to booming travel growth, several of their development projects have been enormous duds. The New South China Mall is twice the size of Minnesota’s Mall of America, but hovers at around a 1% occupancy. The rows of empty shops are piped with serene elevator music, and guards police the empty halls with echoing footsteps.”