Mall Culture

5156 WordsMar 24, 201321 Pages
Look at shopping malls in a new perspective. It is not anymore only a place to do your shopping. It has gained status as a social phenomenon. From the early 1980’s a new social phenomenon came to the forefront world wide, the shopping mall. Although the concept of malls was to induce consumerism, inventors of this new concept could never in their wildest dreams visualise the social revolution it would start. Make no mistake, although there was here and there some scepticism from the old school of thought that malls would die an early death, the concept took the world by storm. From day one it was a big hit with the sole purpose to provide everything under the sun under one roof or in one big complex. It also heralded in a new…show more content…
In Britain, a larger, often partly covered and exclusively pedestrian shopping area is also termed a shopping center, shopping precinct, or pedestrian precinct. The majority of British shopping centers are located in city centers, usually found in old and historic shopping districts and surrounded by subsidiary open air shopping streets. Large examples include West Quay in Southampton; Manchester Arndale; Bullring Birmingham;Liverpool One; Buchanan Galleries in Glasgow; and Eldon Square in Newcastle upon Tyne. In addition to the inner city shopping centers, large UK conurbations will also have large out-of-town "regional malls" such as Meadowhall, Sheffield serving South Yorkshire, the Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester and Bluewater in Kent. These centers were built in the 1980s and 1990s, but planning regulations prohibit the construction of any more. Out-of-town shopping developments in the UK are now focused on retail parks, which consist of groups of warehouse style shops with individual entrances from outdoors. Planning policy prioritizes the development of existing town centers, although with patchy success.

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