Big Box Retail

Blog post
May 30, 2009, 2pm PDT

 

As James Howard Kunstler points out in Home From Nowhere, one of the tragedies of single-use zoning is that it branded shopping as an “obnoxious industrial activity that must be kept separate from houses”.  Ironically, the places where most Americans shop today come pretty close to “obnoxious” and “industrial”. 

Diana DeRubertis
May 15, 2009, 5am PDT
There is a near-consensus on the deficiencies of big box retail, but municipalities don't have the will to turn them down. Provinces must step in with development guidelines, writes Christopher Hume.
Toronto Star
January 12, 2009, 10am PST
As U.S.-Cuba relations evolve with a new presidential administration, author Richard Louv argues that officials should be careful about relying on commerce to save the country's decaying urban areas without preserving them.
Citiwire
December 11, 2008, 2pm PST
A new and widely publicized study claims that there is no evidence that Wal-Mart has had a negative impact on the small business sector. A close inspection of the study by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues that the report is flawed.
The Hometown Advantage
November 22, 2008, 5am PST
This slideshow from <em>Slate</em> looks at how to reuse abandoned big boxes.
Slate
November 14, 2008, 12pm PST
The two owners of a traditional 8-acre strip, big box retail center in San Francisco have asked for an amendment to the neighborhood plan (undergoing revision) to allow them to add housing on top of their stores, thus doubling the height limit.
San Francisco Examiner
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