SUN SENTINEL: Proposed mega mall near the Everglades a monument to over-the-top development

Sun Sentinel: Written by Andy Reid. May 11, 2018.

Including a tower in plans for America’s largest mall, to be built right here in South Florida, doesn’t make enough of an architectural statement.

Instead, the entire mega mall proposed near the edge of the Everglades should be built in the shape of a giant, extended middle finger.

That’s the real message this enormous retail folly sends. It’s a monument to the notion that we will build whatever we want, wherever we want, no matter the consequences.

Plans call for American Dream Miami to rise from about 175 acres near where I-75 converges with Florida’s Turnpike, just south of the Broward County line.

It was one thing to drain half of the Everglades through the decades to make way for farming and South Florida’s out-of-control development. At least we got food and places to live as a tradeoff for wrecking the River of Grass.

But now we are going to take land that used to be part of the Everglades to build a mall complex big enough for an indoor ski slope. And a waterpark. And a submarine ride.

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