Storrs, CT (UConn) http://www.storrscenter.com/
I find a high degree of artificiality in it.
It was all built at once, rather than evolving over time. The scale of construction raised the ire of many in the beginning, and exacerbated long-standing traffic issues along the right of way it occupies. Of the thousand or so housing units built in the project, there has been no reliable coverage of how many are actually occupied. There are also plenty of vacant storefronts, and a mammoth parking garage, poorly concealed by a ‘main street’ facade.
Four years into it, we all shrug. A modern Grocery store, and a few new restaurants are welcome, but it doesn’t feel like a destination in itself. It makes for a decent bus hub.
Ask me about the teacher who gave me a bad grade when I harped on it. (It was his project).
The happy joy argument: