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Big box reuse

Author: Julia Christensen
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2008.
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America is becoming a container landscape of big boxes connected by highways. When a big box store upsizes to an even bigger box "supercenter" down the road, it leaves behind more than the vacant shell of a retail operation; it leaves behind a changed landscape that can't be changed back. Acres of land have been paved around it. Highway traffic comes to it; local roads end at it. With thousands of empty big box  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Christensen
ISBN: 9780262033794 0262033798
OCLC Number: 193909157
Description: viii, 231 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Center --
The Nelson County Justice Center --
The RPM Indoor Raceway --
Centralia Senior Resource Center --
Network --
The Charter School --
The Head Start Early Childhood Center --
Design --
The Spam Museum --
The Lebanon-Laclede County Library --
The Calvary Chapel --
Future --
The St. Bernard Medical Center --
The Peddler's Mall --
Notes.
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What happens to the landscape, to community, and to the population when vacated big box stores are turned into community centers, churches, schools, and libraries?  Read more...

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"Christensen has seen the future." Joel Garreau Washington Post "It is a smart book, one that speaks to the zeitgeist: the ultimate form of recycling, after all, is recycling of place. But more than Read more...

 
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