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Urban Molting: coping with the exoskeletal wasteland of a dying strip mall

With news that Kmart and Sears are shutting down a number of stores across the Merica,  a legitamate question is what will become of the oversized, empty shells they leave behind and how is it that cities progress?

NOTE: this is not an attack on strip malls in general. The strip mall is an unfortunate externality, a logical extension of an automobile driven community.

No this is an attack on the “anchor” stores who demand new strip mall construction and then duck out when tax laws change.  No thought is  given to the scarification of the landscape.  If the design of these strip malls were more flexible then perhaps they wouldn’t degenerate so quickly into grade b take-out restaurants, intermittent bingo halls and vitamin stores….

if anyone has need for 100’s of stadium size warehouses usually built on the border of counties and cities, there’s plenty of opportunity.

 

For a discussion on the history of strip malls click here

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One comment on “Urban Molting: coping with the exoskeletal wasteland of a dying strip mall

  1. 50 States Design Project
    December 29, 2011

    Awesome map images.

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