March 18, 2014, 6am PDT
Joe Minicozzi of Urban3 recently got national media attention from Forbes. The article describes Minicozzi as a kind of evangelist, making a strong, rational case for cities of all sizes to invest in their downtowns instead of bi-box retail.
February 21, 2014, 6am PST
Recent reports have revealed weaknesses in the big box business model. Will Wal-Mart’s new urban stores be as successful as its outdated model?
February 17, 2014, 5am PST
Torontonians who have been fighting a Walmart in Downtown’s belovedly indie Kensington Market neigbourhood appear to have won their battle against a goliath developer. A revised development proposal features significantly scaled-down retail units.
December 2, 2013, 8am PST
Eight years after downtown Rochester sparked a retail resurgence along its Main Street with a holiday light display, small towns across Metro Detroit are following suit to create a sense of place and lure shoppers away from boring big boxes.
June 11, 2013, 12pm PDT
On the Westside of L.A., where rush hour traffic slows to a crawl on the best days, a proposed transit-oriented development called the 'quintessential example' of smart growth by the Mayor's staff faces opposition to its size and attraction to autos.
February 4, 2013, 2pm PST
Kaid Benfield pens a provocative column in which he suggests that the traditional American Main Street is a thing of the past, and may no longer fit our modern retail economy. Are traditional main streets still worth preserving and emulating?
September 14, 2012, 9am PDT
Sure, they may be doing so for purely financial reasons, but across America, big box stores are leading the way in embracing renewable energy sources, reports Diane Cardwell.
June 26, 2012, 6am PDT
A big box mall built in East Harlem, complete with an 1,100 space garage, is seeing its customers walk to shop instead of driving. The suburban assumptions underlying the enormous garage never panned out in the heart of the city.
April 11, 2012, 8am PDT
Phoenix has a sizable dilemma, how to fill the growing number of closed supermarkets, electronics superstores and mega bookstores that continue to weigh down the area's real-estate market, reports Max Jarman.
April 4, 2012, 7am PDT
The era of big-box retail dominance is coming to an end. That's the opinion of David Welch, Chris Burritt and Lauren Coleman-Lochner, writing in <em>Bloomberg</em> on the occasion of Best Buy's recent announcement that it is closing 50 big stores.
February 26, 2012, 5am PST
Tom Stoelker pens a feature in <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em> examining the decades-long upheavals in retail and current efforts to shape retail in ways that will preserve urban character while growing the economy.
The Architect's Newspaper
February 12, 2012, 11am PST
Emily Badger recounts the litany of gripes about Big Box stores, then proceeds to present the results of a recent study that shows why they may not be so bad after all.
August 10, 2011, 2pm PDT
Dense downtowns provide more tax revenues for cities than strip mall and big box development on a per acre basis, according to a new study.
Glendwood Springs Post Independent
March 31, 2011, 8am PDT
Who ever heard of "small-box stores"? Retail experts say the Walmarts and Targets of the world should have great success with smaller stores in urban settings.
January 11, 2011, 5am PST
Wal-Mart has started a major public relations effort to try to get the public behind plans to open several of its big box retail stores in New York City.
November 24, 2010, 2pm PST
Walmart, famous for not budging on their store designs, may be ready to build an urban alternative with a handful of stores proposed for the D.C. area. Greater Greater Washington gets the scoop on the plans.
September 23, 2010, 6am PDT
Wal-Mart announced a new "urban strategy" to move into cities that have traditionally been hostile to the big box retailer. Smaller format stores will concentrate on selling groceries, which account for about half the company's sales already.
American Banking & Market News
September 2, 2010, 10am PDT
Gene Fredericks wants to turn empty big box stores into hydroponic and aquaponic growing centers using the latest technologies.
March 23, 2010, 6am PDT
The new casino rising along Philadelphia's Delaware River is likely to be little more than a drab Big Box with gambling inside, according to this review from <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> architecture critic Inga Saffron.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
February 25, 2010, 1pm PST
A pro-smart growth group in Lockport, NY attempted to stop a WalMart Supercenter from being built in their town, but the state supreme court rejected their appeal.