Fun in Public Mall Spaces

Malls are public spaces that are changing with every decade.  As these spaces morph from stores to restaurants, movie houses, banks, car dealerships, spas – even churches, I marvel at the lack of fun in most malls.  I attribute that to the overweight horde of Segway riders in blue uniforms that seem to see the mall more as a dusty western town than a vibrant Hyde Park speakers corner  Somewhere I want to believe that there are people brave enough to trust in the basic decency of people in public spaces.   That’s why I was so amused and touched to see this wonderful sign and grand piano in the Minneapolis St Paul Airport.  This is sitting between two entryways into the baggage claim area.  I hope someday to hear someone wonderful using it.  Or to see a similarly creative and positive statement in a mall.

 

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