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The American economic Ship of State is sinking. 70% of what America does for a living is sell cheap crap to each other. _______________________________________________________
Our Love Affair With Malls Is on the Rocks
By DAVID SEGAL
We are gathered here today, in the midst of economic calamity, to ask if we really should be gathered here today, in a funhouse of merchandise designed to send us deeper into debt.
Specifically, we are gathered in the Chapel of Love, sandwiched between a LensCrafters and a Bloomingdale’s and tucked into a relatively quiet corner of the vast prairie of retail and amusements that is the Mall of America.
It’s a convenient starting point for rethinking the 50-year marriage between the American shopper and the American mall.
Because we’ve been married to the mall for so long that some of us are now getting married in the mall — 5,000 couples in this chapel since it opened 10 years ago.
And one recent Sunday afternoon, Brianna a…