Place as apparel

In an op-ed piece for the Hartford Courant, Dean Tom Fisher draws parallels between a modern outlet mall -- Wrentham Village outside of Boston, which Fisher refers to as a "village-in-a-vacuum" -- and fashion trends.

"Wrentham Village depends upon inexpensive oil, something that we almost certainly will never see again. As I drove into the parking lot, I noticed the sizable number of cars with license plates from neighboring states, and wondered when the day will come when it costs more to drive to such outlets that we can save on our purchases there."