"It's just dead here."
"The whole idea of bigger being better, I just don't think that's the case anymore."
The Mall of Memphis has succumbed to ferocious competition from spiffier malls and big discount stores like Wal-Mart and Target.
The mall's shops became "faddish," hustling "baggy pants one month, something else the next."
Its failure "has to do with the disposability of the cities we're building."