The Week Ahead podcast is back after a few week's hiatus. Chuck and Rachel discuss the recent Big Box Stores campaign, Chuck's new house and recent events in Oswego, NY and Ontario.
It’s six years ago this month that Bass Pro – a project backed by virtually every power broker and politician – mercifully pulled the plug on a nine-year flirtation with the downtown Buffalo waterfront.
Routine traffic stops are dangerous for all involved and do little to improve safety. It's time to end the practice.
This week was all about the promise, the risk and the decline of big box stores in America.
Why do we invite big box stores into our our towns, enticing them with subsidies and infrastructure, competing for their attention, all so they can offer residents low-wage part-time jobs, pay minimal property taxes, then leave 15 years later?
In the short term, you don’t want to lose the big box war. In the long term, the only thing worse than losing the big box war is winning it.
We've written about Walmart a lot since the beginning of Strong Towns. Here are four of our best Walmart stories that will help you understand the risks, problems and failures of this megabusiness.
The future of big box stores depends crucially on decisions and facts about land-use, environmental taxes, technology, and population migration trends. Specific stores will fail or thrive depending on the health and choices of the community within which they are embedded.
Although it’s tempting to picture packing up and leaving suburbia to peacefully degrade, we shouldn’t. We'd be missing out on the unique opportunities it provides.
Chuck Marohn, president of Strong Towns, is speaking in St. Catharines, Ontario today and you have the opportunity to watch that presentation live.
For years, we’ve been told that big box parking lots need to be large enough to accommodate peak parking demand. Yet even on the biggest shopping day of the year, I found oceans of empty asphalt.
While the landscape of Westland remains predominantly suburban, projects like this are steps toward upcycling and intensifying obsolete developments: an important shift from our historical habits of build-and-abandon.
Big box stores are not the enemy; they are the natural byproduct of our suburban development pattern. It's in everyone's best interest to find economically viable ways to make that land more productive.
How does a store with a small footprint, few choices and well-paid employees attract so many enthusiastic customers and sell twice as much per square foot as Whole Foods?
Suburbia cannot and will not be retrofitted to a substantially different model of development. But a small portion may be salvageable.
Great design can meet multiple interests. That was the case for this urban big box store which balanced the needs of a large-scale retailer with the surrounding walkable, mixed-use neighborhood.
Let's take a look at how big-box stores have adapted to the urban environment of New York City.
Stacy Mitchell, researcher and author of Big Box Swindle, discusses the origins of the big box store, the way they're subsidized by communities and how they are undercutting the American middle class.
Building after massive building now sit empty in towns across America. Yours is up next.
The vast majority of suburban big box stores are not going to be retrofitted. They’re simply too far from anything of note and littered in unproductive locations across the country. But there may be a few exceptions...