Commentary on Alabama Law and Society

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Saturday, March 04, 2006


Mall, that is. It looks like the deal is finally official: Wal Mart is going to blow up the old empty mall and build a new shopping center. Generally, corporate welfare and Wal Mart are bad things, especially when the latter receives the former. But, though some may complain, I can't really fault the council for handing out all that money to the beast of bentonville. The mall has been empty for years, and it has poisened the whole area. Somebody had to do something.

Anyway, here is an interesting reminisance about the old mall. For the inside scoop on the council's vote, including an attempted vote via speaker phone, read this. Finally, check this out for more reflections on a phenomenon of which Eastwood is just one example.