From glittering luxury to bargain-friendly outlets, Miami’s malls have something everyone. Also, since the malls are usually parts of the fabric of the neighbourhoods with a lot of residential housing or located in the commercial districts with many office towers, there are constant number of visitors, which are the residents and the workers in these cases respectively, which keep the businesses running.
On the other hand, shopping malls act as perfect linkage between the stations and the residential development because the malls are climatically well controlled indoor environment which protects the passers-by from getting wet under the rain and from the polluted air.
New tenants were signed, such as the 3rd Act Melody Room and Musical Revue (which took the vacant Coyote Cafe spot), Peking Dragon II, Urban Art Gallery, Atlanta Bread Company, I Love Juicy, Lettuce Souprise You Salad Restaurant and Moovies Outlet Video Rental.
The main problem, though, is not the fact that our social spaces are related to consumption, because shopping street, markets, groceries and so forth – almost all the activities in a contemporary city – are also related to different forms of consumption.
Despite the shopping malls, where rules of personal conduct are enforced and visitors being monitored, are not formal public spaces, they belong to the public domain where an exchange between different social groups is possible and also actually occurs, defined by Maarten Hajer and Arnold Reijndorp.