When there were no Malls, you hung out on the street, people who were Hallacially Observant, and those that weren't . You went to the shops and bought what you wanted, or needed. The if you felt like relaxing over a cup of espresso and a croissant, or a falafel, or any other thing, you sat down at "Itziks" and smoozed with your friends. Itzik, owned and operated the place, of course, and the most of the shops where you purchased your goods were owned by the shopkeeper. That was the quality of life before the Mall. After the Mall, most of the vendors were chains, you bought your stuff "with a label", and drink you coffee at chain, whatever it might be called.. Somehow Haredim may prefer the street to the Mall, and I really wonder how many people that aren't that Halachically Observant really enjoy the "amience of the Mall". Frankly, it seems to me like a "different strokes for different folks" thing, and again, as HaAretz is wont to do, the Haredi get bashed for prefering something that isn't trendy.
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