Ultimate irony in consumption and condos

From the LA Times (reg required – or clean out your cookies) – Condos for Those Who Live to Shop?:

It seems like some people live at the mall. Now, they can. Shopping center owner Westfield Group announced plans Tuesday to add 260 luxury condominiums at its Century City mall by razing two office buildings to create more space for the condos and new stores. The $500-million project reflects a trend in which malls are being transformed into self-contained villages. From California to Massachusetts, the largest mall operators are looking for ways to stack housing within their shopping centers.

Keeping it close, eh? They are going to have kiosks spread throughout the mall too, peddling home equity lines of credit tied directly to department store charge cards.

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