July 6, 2010, 1pm PDT
2,300 auto dealerships have closed in the U.S. since 2009. 649 of those have been redeveloped, becoming lumberyards, schools, chain drug stores, and groceries.
February 24, 2010, 6am PST
As the auto industry evolves, the vast car lots that sprung up in many California towns over the past few decades are falling out of use. Cities are looking at new ways to reuse these spaces.
December 29, 2009, 6am PST
Closed car dealerships across the country are finding new life as yoga studios, classrooms, and day care centers.
May 26, 2009, 1pm PDT
Seems some developers are taking Planetizen's recent poll to heart and are looking at closing car dealerships as perfect locations for new, dense development.
May 21, 2009, 10am PDT
The results are in! We asked for you ideas for reusing the empty car dealerships cropping up around the country. Urban gardens? Flying car launch pads? These ideas may seem far out, but the number one answer may surprise you.
May 15, 2009, 11am PDT
With the auto industry struggling and car dealerships closing shop, what future do you see for empty car lots? Vote on ideas submitted by the Planetizen community, or suggest your own.
January 27, 2009, 10am PST
Too important to fail? Victorville and Norco, CA have approved loans to local car dealers to keep them afloat.
October 30, 2008, 5am PDT
Car dealerships -- long-sought by cities as big tax revenue generators -- are struggling in the economic downturn. Nearly 600 have closed this year, and another 100 are expected to shut down by the end of the year.