Controversial shopping mall partly collapses in Mexico…

Lester Mason
July 15, 2018

A portion of a multilevel luxury shopping centre in Mexico City collapsed on Thursday, sending debris flying and kicking up clouds of gray dust, television images showed. The Mayor of Mexico City, José Ramón Amieva, said the issue was spotted hours before the collapse, leaving enough time for mall officials to organize an evacuation. "The collapse came upon us just five minutes later". The newly opened shopping mall partly collapsed after structural problems apparently led the mall's operators to evacuate the area, and no injuries were reported.

The city has promoted the installation of roof gardens, in part for their supposed environmental benefits.

The 1.5 million-feet Artz Pedregal mall opened in March, and while parts remain under construction, shops like Gucci, Montblanc, Peyrelongue, and the first Starbucks Reserve Bar in Mexico had been open for business.

Calling it a "case of negligence", the mayor said the mall's construction permits and other authorizations should be closely reviewed, indicating more of a human cause than a natural one. At least two lanes were closed. There were also concerns that the retail hub was built near a rain catchment basin that regulates the city's seasonally-heavy rainfall. Subsoil conditions and irrational developers' activities have made the city increasingly vulnerable to even the slightest change of the elements.

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