I agree. I looks pretty weak. I imagine that it would be rather stifling. In urban form, it is no different than a typical multiple building office park or suburban apartment complex.Originally posted by boiker
As for the main topic:
people shop at other places than "downtown" because they live in a auto-oriented residential area, so they need to use drive to shop anyhow and the mall or large shopping center is easier to access than downtown for parking.
Despite this, I believe the one weakness Americans have is that we have required that we (almost) always have to use a car for everything.