C Jones wrote:There may be a lot more opportunity for things like this in the future.
Some are calling it the "retail apocalypse", where a whole lot of retail and especially the big chains are, well, "highly leveraged" (i.e. in debt up to or past their eyeballs) and not doing well besides. Online shopping I think has been blamed also.
The recent demise of Toys 'r' Us is one example. Some are predicting a bunch of other bankruptcies, closures, layoffs, etc. Turns out that a lot of these things have been houses of cards from the beginning (lots of debt).
Google it sometime when you're bored.....
Chris Kott wrote:It's been happening for quite some time....<edit>
There are a great many permacultural opportunities here, as there are with many other cases of change leading to oversupply and waste. All we need do is make use of it.
Jim Gruber wrote:This conversion of a big-box store into a type of community center I hope is embraced across the US and other countries. With the closing of malls and factories that are no longer viable...the re-use of those structures conserves natural resources (that are embedded in the structure) and can help bring a community together. This recently happened in Keene, NH with the conversion of a abandoned factory into a community center. The conversion process, if done through broad community involvement and empowerment process, will also build local social capital and citizen democracy.