Could General Stores Reduce Car Trips in The Suburbs?

Belinda Lanks details architect Frank Ruchala's scheme to bring general stores back into America's residential areas. He believes "a general store could work just as well in a (suburban) subdivision as it did in small villages a hundred years ago."

Under the scheme, everyday amenities would be "shoehorned into an existing building such as a pool house, and an added porch would create space for socializing." It would provide basic groceries, stamps and recycling facilities, all within a five minute walk.

Such a plan is estimated to save roughly 45,000 gallons of oil per year. But current zoning prohibits retail in such residential areas.

Full Story: The Suburban General Store


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