For Sale: 200,000-Square-Foot Box

Thursday, November 20, 2008

this year, we’ve learned that nothing is too big to fail. yes, in dire economic times—and in certain circumstances—even america's favorite sweatshop shitshow, walmart, can go under. but what happens to the giant, empty buildings that the company leaves behind?

word on the street is that they become churches. or spam museums. or go-cart racetracks. who knew?

"Big-box buildings are the large, free-standing, warehouselike structures that have become dominant in the American landscape, constructed by one-stop-shopping retailers, grocers, and category-killers. Hundreds of new big-box buildings are built each year—and hundreds are vacated. Resourceful communities are finding ways to reuse these buildings, turning them into flea markets, museums, schools, even churches." [Read More]
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