West Edmonton Mall-Last of its Kind?

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Its always wonderful to see ourselves and our lives through other perceptions-and this interesting piece in the The Guardian describes the experience of the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton Alberta. In much the same way that Howard Schultz thought that every urban street corner could do with a coffee shop and came up with Starbucks, the Ghermezian brothers came up with another big idea. In Edmonton a place that had  a heck of a lot of winter, and in the 80’s, when big hair, big shoulder pads, and consumerism was king the idea of a mall that covered 48 blocks, included a hotel, a wave pool, and a hockey rink that could be used by an NHL team was inspirational. It also sounded like it would work.

The first phase of the mall opened in 1981 and  at 1.14 million square feet was just slightly smaller than the Tsawwassen Mills…

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