Big Box

January 21, 2010, 10am PST
In Birmingham, Alabama, developers are seeing a lot of empty big box and anchor retail spaces, while smaller, neighborhood centers are actually seeing an increase in occupancy.
The Birmingham News
May 13, 2009, 6am PDT
In Dublin, CA, the failure of a slew of big box retailers has created retail deadzones, dragging down local businesses and economies.
San Francisco Chronicle
Blog post
February 1, 2009, 8am PST

The second semester in planning school at Penn is defined by a major project in which students are broken into groups, given a problem region, and tasked with, in the space of three months, coming up with a plan comparable to what professionals do in 12 to 18 months. Over those three months, the students get intimate with their designated locale, exploring every nook, cranny and underused land parcel.

Helloooooooooo, Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

There’s an old John Gorka song called “I’m From New Jersey.” It goes, “I’m from New Jersey/ It’s like Ohio/ But even more so/ Imagine that.” I’d bet good green cash he was driving down Route 70 when he wrote that.

Jeffrey Barg
January 28, 2009, 12pm PST
A Home Depot Expo in Charlotte, NC, is closing. Mary Newsom explains that the real problem with big boxes like this is that they don't make sense over time.
The Naked City
November 9, 2008, 11am PST
Lofts and ground floor retail envelop a new Lowe's store in Charlotte, forming a buffer between the large store and the surrounding Dilworth neighborhood.
The Charlotte Observer
October 24, 2008, 9am PDT
Sometimes big box retailers get too big for the boxes they're in. So they move. What's left behind are huge empty buildings -- and opportunities for re-use.
NPR
October 1, 2008, 5am PDT
Supermarkets are moving back to urban areas like Philadelphia. But their big box designs are decidedly un-urban, according to architecture critic Inga Saffron, who calls for more relevant urban designs.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
September 17, 2008, 10am PDT
With growth controls making suburban properties less attractive and wealth becoming concentrated in older centres, Canada's big box retailers are looking downtown for new locations.
Globe and Mail
August 27, 2008, 10am PDT
When big boxes go under, they leave big holes. Communities across America are coming up with some creative ways to reuse the huge spaces left behind when big box retailers move out.
USA Today
July 31, 2008, 12pm PDT
Flowing Data used zip codes and other data to create an animated map showing the growth of WalMart from the first store in Arkansas in 1962 until today, when the map is covered with stores.
Flowing Data
June 20, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>Empty retail space increased dramatically over the last six months, according to data compiled by commercial real estate brokers and investment advisors.</p>
Home Town Advantage Bulletin
June 1, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Big box stores are following their customers into downtowns, and stores like Circuit City and Target are retooling for density.</p>
Architectural Record
May 31, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Waynesville, North Carolina Mayor Gavin Brown is forced to give up on pedestrian-friendly design to save potential jobs from Best Buy.</p>
The Smoky Mountain News
May 29, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>New schools are consistently built far from community centers, while historic school buildings near where people live are demolished, The Blue Ridge Press reports.</p>
The Blue Ridge Press
May 19, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>To deal with the problem of vacant big-box stores that have proliferated across the country, one Milwaukee suburb is levying a fee on developers to help pay for demolition. Other cities are exploring similar options.</p>
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 25, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>As proposals for big-box retail projects mount in New Orleans, many small business owners who are returning to the city worry about the coming competition. A documentary is currently being filmed about the recovering city's business atmosphere.</p>
New Orleans Times-Picayune
April 9, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>By requiring a minimum height of at least two stories, cities could force big boxes to redesign their buildings into more urban friendly forms.</p>
The Toronto Star
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