This August, Strong Towns spent a week focusing articles, podcasts and discussion on the negative impact of big box stores on our towns—from their large, wasteful parking lots to the lack of property taxes they contribute. Big box stores don’t build wealth in our communities; they squander it.
Big Box Stores: America’s Rigged Game for Retail is a compilation of the top essays we published during that week in August, edited and reformatted into a downloadable ebook. In this book, we examine the relatively low financial productivity of big box stores, combined with their high risk. We also document big box sites that have failed and sites that have been retrofitted, in addition to considering the future of the big box model.