Big Box

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.
Mar 18, 2014   Forbes - BrandVoice
<p>Big box stores are following their customers into downtowns, and stores like Circuit City and Target are retooling for density.</p>
Jun 1, 2008   Architectural Record
<p>Waynesville, North Carolina Mayor Gavin Brown is forced to give up on pedestrian-friendly design to save potential jobs from Best Buy.</p>
May 31, 2008   The Smoky Mountain News
<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>
May 29, 2008   The Blue Ridge Press
<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>
May 19, 2008   Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
<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>
Apr 25, 2008   New Orleans Times-Picayune
<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>
Apr 9, 2008   The Toronto Star