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- On Fri, 29 Apr 2016, 3:59pm PDT
The Death of the Mall. Not So Fast,
Meh, most of the malls and department stores are hurting, stores within them closing, and they're starting to look abandoned. The exceptions are those which offer a lot of entertainment and good restaurant venues within them. People who are out eating, drinking, watching live entertainments going to the movies, or trying outrageous games in a carnival atmosphere are people ready to spend. People who are shopping for things they need are shopping by price and can likely find the best prices online.
So the successful malls will be those which offer much more than shopping. And that's what I have seen. A very successful outdoor mall near me is the Bella Terra mall. Ten years ago it was failing badly. Then it was bought, renovated, a nice theater was added, a lot of nice restaurants were located on the grounds, and a central live performance area was added with a line-up of free to attend performances by local and traveling artists of all sorts. The place is always packed.
They also used about a third of the land to build a condo development of upscale residences, adding draw to the immediate area. This is a successful mall.
Nearby (1.5 miles) the Westminster mall is struggling. It would probably shut down without the draw of a Target, Macy's, and a struggling Sears. The shops inside are lifeless and many are vacant. There is a food court but the restaurants are pretty substandard and not ever going to be a big draw. There is no theater, no performances, and the local restaurants suck with exception of the Outback nearby but not attached. There are some very minor kiddie attractions like a horrid smelling play area for toddlers and a merry go round, but these are largely deserted as well.
This is a failing mall.
The difference? Entertainment! Good eating venues! The locations are equivalent.
- On Fri, 29 Apr 2016, 3:41pm PDT
Sam Harris: The End of Faith,
Let's just examine the title: "the end of faith." That would refer to the end of people believing in something, without absolute provable evidence to back up that belief. We all revere the scientific method, where you do repeatable experiments to prove things about the natural world, but what about the world of society? Having faith in the actions of unknown strangers to conduct themselves according to a certain set of parameters is something that everyone must have to get by in this world. We must have faith in the grocer that his products will sustain our bodies and not kill us. We must have faith that bankers will give our money back when we ask for it. We must have faith that others will not attempt to murder us or violate or homes. When we drive we must have faith that the other drivers will adhere more or less to the rules of the road, else wise we would have accident upon accident and the roads would be completely impassible. We must have faith in money itself that it is worth something as a medium of exchange. We have faith in countless people known and unknown. Faith, the trust in other people to perform in a certain way, is absolutely essential to civilization itself!
Thus, this title about the "end" of faith should be very troubling to anyone who isn't a face-eating anarchist.
- On Fri, 29 Apr 2016, 10:02am PDT
Actually, your boss cannot restrict your right to free speech,
"True executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!"