What does America’s suburban/exurban economy possess in abundance? Among other resources, parking lots.
2/ For example, imagine a lower risk trip to the dermatologist. In warm enough areas the office could be moved to a field with curtains on poles for privacy. The sky above and possibly fans blowing would reduce risk of virus particles.
— Randall Parker (@futurepundit) April 12, 2020
I’d probably have started with the idea of letting you get a haircut in the parking lot in front of your Fantastic Sam’s. In contrast, this dermatalogical thought experiment puts a little too much strip into “strip mall.”
The idea of moving much of the economy outdoors for the six warm months reminds me of Robert Heinlein’s 1951 sci-fi novel The Puppet Masters in which an alien invasion of pods that take up residence on your spine requires, requires the President to order mandatory nudism for all Americans all summer, which stabilizes the spread of the alien infestation but induces time tension as the heroes race to eradicate the pods before winter. (This plot twist had nothing to do with Heinlein’s personal nudist kink. It’s totally mandated by the logic of the story RAH made up.)
But, yeah, it seems reasonable to let indoor businesses in outdoor malls temporarily colonize their part of the parking lot in front of their storefront.
For example, Cheesecake Factory announced they weren’t going to pay rent. Okay, well now your rent lets you put tables out in the parking area in front of your restaurant.
In the meantime, the insides of the stores can be retrofitted with upgraded ventilation. (In general, I see a lot of upcoming work for blue collar workers making our structures less likely to be sites for the transmission of the virus.)