Some of the country’s farthest-flung suburbs are beginning to die, Bryan Walsh reports in a recent Time Magazine article. Walsh traveled the country documenting the conversion of “big box” stores to churches, libraries and schools. In a sign of exurban decline, almost 150,000 megastores closed around the country last year, he reports
They make for some amazing photos.
The Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech predicts that by 2025 there will be a surplus of 22 million large-lot homes (on one-sixth of an acre [675 sq m] or more) in the U.S.
Some of the greatest minds in planning have dedicated themselves to tackling the problem of retrofitting the suburbs, including finding new uses for these forgotten retail giants.
Personally, living in Cleveland, it’s hard for me to believe this stuff. But we can always hope!