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Shop and Awe: Victoria Gate and the fantasy machine of postmodernism

A few months ago, on Thursday 20th October, I wandered around Leeds’s newest retail spectacle, Victoria Gate, which had just opened its doors to considerable local media buzz. Driven – the popular narrative went – by the appeal of a flagship new John Lewis store (which Leeds had tragically been deprived of for too long,

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