Amusing SGV Tribune Headline/Arcadia Mall Projects

     Tuesday, July 24, front page of the local news section:  "Judge to consolidate 2 lawsuits over Arcadia Mall"

     What so funny about the headline?  The lead paragraph of the story reads, "A judge on Monday said she likely will not consolidate two legal challenges to a proposed upscale shopping mall in Arcadia, but will hold joint hearings on both to save time."


     I haven't formed an opinion on the Caruso mall at Santa Anita.  But you've got to wonder how they plan to handle all that traffic.

     Something quite similar is further along over in Glendale, where Caruso is already in the construction phase of building an outdoor shopping mall ("The Americana at Brand," I think) immediately adjacent to the Glendale Galleria.

     On the one hand, it makes sense to put your commerical retail developments adjacent to each other.  On the other hand, putting two huge projects next to each other might be overkill.  That's going to mean heavy traffic and pollution impacts for the mall's neighbors.  And it's also got to mean that neighboring retail outlets are going to take a hit.

     As I said, I don't have an opinion on the Caruso projects.  But it is something for us to keep an eye on.