Friday, July 17, 2009

Someone hand be a soap-box, please

I'm not a big fan of huge indoor shopping malls (like the one we'll visit in a few days, if the girls have their way), BUT...

These massive outdoor malls, where someone decided it was a good idea to take all the shops out of the same building, spread them over thousands of acres (of what is probably good farmland, but pfft - who cares?), wrap them around a maze of confusing streets and parking lots so that you have no choice but to use your car to get to them and through them and you end up spending an hour cursing your way to the grocery store at the very far end of the maze just to pick up some snacks for the hotel room? Ummm... seriously... WHO thought these were a good idea?

In a world where we could quite possibly run out of both arable farmland and fossil fuels in the not too distant future, could there possibly be anything LESS forward thinking?

I'm just sayin'.


Linnea said...

Here, I have a spare soapbox. It's all yours.

I live (or lived, given the current economy) in one of Charlotte's development hot spots. We have a handful of mature trees over here for all the parking lots with which they've paved "paradise" (I put that in quotes because the best things about my neck of the woods now are its convenience and its schools).

It used to be beautiful, unspoiled farmland. You should hear the developer brag about how he "transformed" it. (I live in the old section, which had two or three neighborhoods before the building boom of the last ten years.)

In other words ... I hear you, sister.

tlawwife said...

And in a few short years there will be a "new better" one close by and that one will get run down and ugly.

Not to mention how miserable it is in the winter when you can't get to the inner stores without freezing.

mmichele said...

The worst part, for me, is walking through there and sometimes buying stuff and thinking, "I am feeding this beast."

Anonymous said...

Not to mention that it's ugly.

Pamela said...

(I hate shopping.) (sorry.) (: