Mall Farming

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Nothing says abandoned consumerism quite like a run-down strip mall or a shopping center that’s half empty. Not exactly an inspiring image is it? But instead of letting these malls lie fallow, this article proposes turning these forlorn structures into massive gardens that grow organic food for patrons. The Galleria Mall in Cleveland, Ohio has even successfully started this kind of program, using their former food court atrium as a gigantic greenhouse. Consumerism and urban farming side-by-side is an enchanting idea to me. Especially if the economy continues to struggle, it could be very helpful to make some drastic changes to like this to enliven spending, foot traffic, and promote eco-friendly values and nutrition to places that might otherwise continue to decay. Via Print.

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