Consumer America: The Capital

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Personally I tend to hate malls. They bring together many of the worst aspects of shopping into a single location. The struggle to find a parking spot in multi-level structure that you will then probably end up forgetting as soon as you walk away from your car, the corporate chains of stores and restaurants that are all the same mediocrity in mass-produced products that have been created to both appeal to the customer by making them seemingly value the product in quality even though it’s actually been created to generate the most money possible.

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Mall of America is the capital of this. It’s the biggest mall in the United States. It’s constructed across 3 floors that surround a Nickelodeon indoor team park. Each floor takes about an hour to loop. The whole complex is so big that there are some chains that choose to have multiple stores in different areas just incase you don’t make it all the way around.

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Its located in Minneapolis, which at first seems a bit random but considering the cold climate the city has most of the year it suddenly makes a lot of sense. Mall of America is actually quite fun. Beyond the huge consumerism side of it, what it also creates is an indoor “park” where families can enjoy America’s favorite pass-time: Shopping.

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