There’s an obscure rule in the media that only the area of very large disasters is compared to the size of Rhode Island. Smaller, non-disaster areas, such as malls, high-rise office buildings, condo developments, are described simply in square footage. For example, a Boston Sunday Globe story, April 29, 2018, about the Wegman chain’s new supermarket in Natick Mall, outside Boston, reports that the market takes up 146,500 square feet. It’s on two floors once occupied by JC Penny.
Evidently, the Globe editors figure that most readers can easily visualize 146,500 square feet, and they probably remember the JC Penny store at the Natick Mall.
File under: A note to Globe editors: An NFL football field is 57,600 square feet.
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