That most hideous beast which kills the family run corner store may be heading to Valparaiso. We've just heard that a mall may be built in Valpo. Anyone who has spent time wandering the streets of Valpo does so not because of its cinemas, fast food franchises and conglomerate run shops. People head to this beautiful port city to see the charm of the corrugated city where street vendors eek out a living on the corner and waiters stand in doorways offering to show you their menu.
All those small business that rely on passing foot trade would suffer from a central mall.
We hope that the people of Valpo see the long term benefits of refusing a mall and keep their heritage listed city untouched by franchises of North America. Viña del Mar is only 15 minutes away if anyone needs their fix of bland fast food, devoid of the true charm of Chile.
If you would like more information here is the Facebook page for no mall in Baron.