farewell shopping malls

Toronto, 2016.04.28

I learned today that traffic at shopping malls has fallen by 50% since 2008. Good riddance! Who wants to spend time traipsing around looking for something that might or might not be in stock when everyone and their brother will sell you something and have it shipped in a couple of days. For instance, it's time to buy a new "noseless" seat for my bike. Why would I not buy such a thing online! It's like looking for my size 16EE shoes, or clothes to fit my 6'5" frame: malls just aren't interested unless they can sell a vast quantity at minimum effort. The only thing I buy that way is groceries, and I don't go to a mall for that.

Another interesting wrinkle: at least one of the Canadian banks is considering having their retail "partners" use their branches as pick up spots for shipped goods. I think that makes a *lot* of sense, given that the banks already have to build secure sites, and are otherwise becoming lower-traffic sites themselves, these days.

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(In which I leave the final word to someone else.)

Remove everything that has no relevance to the story. If you say in the first chapter that there is a rifle hanging on the wall, in the second or third chapter it absolutely must go off. If it's not going to be fired, it shouldn't be hanging there.

-Anton Chekhov